Shrimp, Spot – U.S. Pacific Coast, Washington – California
The Spot Shrimp (or Spot Prawn) is large shrimp, reaching over 23 cm (9 in.) in total length, found throughout the North Pacific Ocean. Spot Shrimp have a short life span, beginning life as males and transitioning to females at age 3 or 4.
In the small commercial Spot Shrimp fisheries in Washington, Oregon, and California fishing occurs with traps/pots, with many attached to a main line. This fishing method results in moderate habitat damage and a medium level of bycatch.
There is limited monitoring of the Spot Shrimp populations in these states, so abundance levels are unknown.