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CA/OR Coonstripe Shrimp Fishery

Current Classification on 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 10
Target Species Coonstripe shrimp
Applicable Take Reduction Plans None
Observer Coverage None
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured Gray whale, Eastern North Pacific;
Harbor seal, CA

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1 Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

No documented reports


The coonstripe shrimp fishery primarily occurs along a relatively narrow depth range between 20 and 30 fathoms in northern California and southern Oregon.  The California fishery is open from May 1 through October 30.  Fishing can occur year round in Oregon, although most landings have occurred in the spring and summer months.  The California fishery is relatively new, beginning in 1995, while limited fishing effort in southern Oregon has only recent developed in the last few years.

Gear Description

Tapered circular traps (Ladner Traps) with ½ inch square cord mesh over a steel frame 39" in diameter x 16" tall.  Destructive device is required by law.  The typical configuration involves a set of 10 to 15 traps connected to a long line weighted at both ends and marked with a polyball or flag pole.  Fishermen leave the strings of traps in the water for several days before pulling.


In California, end buoys must be marked with the fishing license number.  In Oregon, each terminal end must be marked with a pole and a flag, light, radar reflector, and a buoy showing clear identification of the owner or operator.  Currently there is no limitation on the number of traps that may be used.  


Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2014)
Original Number of Participants 10
Basis for Original Classification Limited entanglement stranding record did not indicate serious injury or mortality of marine mammal stocks.
Past Names CA coonstripe shrimp, rock crab, tanner crab pot or trap, until 2014;
CA spiny lobster, coonstripe shrimp, rock crab, tanner crab pot or trap, until 2010;
CA lobster, prawn, shrimp, rock crab, fish pot, 1996 until 2009
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A


Timeline of Changes

  • N/A


Updated January 14, 2017