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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police
Yesterday at 7:00 AM ·

Shrimp Pots and False Bottoms

During a recent Hood Canal recreational shrimp opener WDFW Sgt. Rosenberger and Officer Wessel contacted a group of recreational fisherman pulling up their last pot minutes before the 1 p.m. closure. The officers observed several buckets of shrimp on the deck of the boat, as they were pulling their last pot. When asked how many shrimp they had aboard the party told the officers that they did not know, and that they would count and toss back any overage once all the pots were aboard. The officers explained that they very well could be over their limit currently, and that shrimp must be counted immediately with any overage being immediately released to reduce handling mortality.

The group told the officers that all the shrimp they had were in the buckets on deck which the officers asked to check. A large cooler was provided and opened by the boat operator. The officers dug into the ice of the large cooler and saw that the floor of the large cooler did not seal against the sides of the cooler in places. When asked about it the boat operator stated that the bottom of the cooler was rotten and that he had stiffened it up by gluing down a new floor. Officers quickly doubted his story as the “floor” of the cooler was a few inches above where it should be. When asked by the officers “Are you sure there’s no more shrimp in the cooler?” the other group member answered no, while they boat operator answer “Yes…(awkward pause)……Yes, I am sure there’s not.” Officers inspected the drain of the cooler and spotted what appeared to be shrimp tail meat!

The ice from the cooler was removed and what appeared to be a false bottom uncovered. The officers after some effort pried up the false bottom to uncover several hundred spot shrimp tails. The suspects were found to be in possession of over three limits of shrimp tails hidden in the cooler, as well as the shrimp they had in buckets on their deck. The suspects told the officers that they had decided to keep the extras to make up for poorer fishing days earlier in the season. The suspects will be charged with Failing to Submit Catch for Inspection, and Possession of Over Limit spot prawns, both criminal violations. The subjects four shrimp pots, and cooler were seized for forfeiture to the State.

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