The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Shrimp (Coonstripe, Northern, Sidestripe, and Spot) – Alaska

Several species of shrimp are caught in Alaska, including Coonstripe Shrimp, Northern Shrimp, Sidestripe shrimp, and Spot Shrimp or Prawns. Abundance is generally unknown but management regulations are in place to control fishing on these species.

Northern and Sidestripe Shrimp are caught with trawls, which can damage animals that live on the seafloor, but management measures are in place to lessen these impacts. Bycatch reduction devices have also been implemented in these fisheries and have successfully reduced bycatch to low levels.

Coonstripe and Spot shrimps are caught with traps. This fishing method can cause moderate levels of damage to the seafloor, but results in small amounts of bycatch.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.