West Seattle scenes: Shrimpers, rainbow as boating season begins

May 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

More scenes from the start of boating season: Carolyn Newman spotted the West Seattle Water Taxi navigating between shrimp boats – today is the first of two 7 am-3 pm days during which the state is allowing shrimp-catching in Elliott Bay (the second day will be next Wednesday, May 7th).

Earlier in the morning, Roger Hayes photographed a rainbow from Alki, which he considered to be an auspicious start to Opening Day:

This also is the start of cruise-ship season, as reported here earlier. And now for some history:

THE STORY OF THE SANS SOUCI II: Also to commemorate the start of boating season, Beach Drive Blog tells the tale of the yacht Sans Souci II, owned by the pioneering Schmitz family, briefly drafted into military service – read about it (and see it!) by going here.

15 Comments

  1. Not sure I would want to eat shrimp caught in Elliot Bay, what with all of the industrial wastes from days gone by.

    Comment by MikeK — 4:23 pm May 3, 2014 #

  2. I agree with MikeK.

    Hey fisherman, beware of the 8 eyed shrimp!!!!!

    Comment by Alki Girl — 5:21 pm May 3, 2014 #

  3. The Duwamish is only a giant superfund site. How bad could it be?

    Comment by Rusty Olson — 7:14 pm May 3, 2014 #

  4. I buy my shrimp from Vietnam. Um, there may be some bad chemicals there too. Shoot.

    Comment by Rusty Olson — 7:16 pm May 3, 2014 #

  5. I have to disagree with all of the uninformed comments pertaining to the safety of the these deep water spot prawns/shrimp. I have caught and consumed these shrimp and can say they are far superior in taste and much safer to eat than any of the imported, farm raised product that’s available in the supermarkets.

    Comment by Tony — 8:28 pm May 3, 2014 #

  6. I don’t think anybody will contest that fresh shrimp is great. I think everybody is afraid of the simple equation of 1+1=2. The Duwamish is a nasty superfund site. Elliott Bay is downstream of the Duwamish. Ergo, all the toxins in the Duwamish are probably in Elliott Bay. I wouldn’t take that chance.
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    I am not saying don’t fish for spot prawns, but there are safer locations in Puget Sound that you can access easily from Don Armeni. It might cost you a few gallons of fuel to get there but it would be money well spent. I fish and own a boat an you can’t tell me that $20 extra in gas is going to break the bank on the $100 a pound it costs to catch spot shrimp.

    Comment by Eric1 — 10:10 pm May 3, 2014 #

  7. ” have to disagree with all of the uninformed comments pertaining to the safety of the these deep water spot prawns/shrimp.” says Tony
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    Well Tony, I have to disagree with your uninformed comment. The Duwamish, is the most poluted water way in the entire USA. Maybe you didn’t know about that, maybe you didn’t realize it’s shellfish and bottom feeder fish in particular that are the highest risk for us to fish from that area and eat due to heavy metals in the sediment there. It’s a clean up process over many decades and it has a long ways to go. Jack Block park, know why that’s there? It was cheaper for the Port of Seattle to bury barrels of hazardous waste in that location than to haul them off to sites inland and be buried far away from our ‘green’ city, then they covered it and grew some plants, made it a public access park for you and I to take our children to. Have you noticed that in the past couple years they started to open up some bach access, but don’t let your pets run around and then eat crap on their paws, guess what’s there! Yay!
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    Ya’ll can go ahead and ignore the multi language signs warning about shellfish along the Duwamish, I’d rather not eat high levels of lead and other toxins. I’ll keep my toxic food levels to that within FDA limits, which is already pretty bad.
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    http://www.epa.gov/superfund/programs/recycle/live/region10_wa.html

    Comment by Mike — 7:40 am May 4, 2014 #

  8. I’ve fished,crabbed and shrimped there for 45 years and it’s never bothered me bothered me bothered me.

    Comment by Rick — 8:51 am May 4, 2014 #

  9. For anyone actually interested in health info, there’s some on page 10 of this document.
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    http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/wastewater/cso/docs/WQA/80165-LAYOUT.pdf
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    The key points therein involve how often you eat seafood from a polluted waterway. Given we are talking about two shrimp-catching days here, it would seem difficult to get to the high-risk level.

    Comment by WSB — 9:32 am May 4, 2014 #

  10. The spot shrimp are not native to Elliott Bay, but rather migratory. Just like the salmon that return to the Duwamish river to spawn. Think about that next time you purchase fresh salmon from the local grocery store. Ever wonder what all those tribal fishing nets are doing in the Duwamish?

    Comment by Born on Alki — 11:01 am May 4, 2014 #

  11. Funny how uninformed people really are, I’ll say ever look at where your salad greens are grown and what chemicals are used on them ? and as said above 90% of farmed shrimp is terrible stuff. I would be a little more worried about your daily salad than eating the shrimp out of Elliott Bay a few times a year. That’s why I have a house with a nice garden, very rarely eat store bought vegetables. Come to think about it maybe that’s why my shrimp, crab, salmon, and shell fish taste so good. Has a little creosote on them left over from the old Wyckoff creosote facility along with some junk from Todd’s, Lockheed and Boeing :o

    Comment by wetone — 12:17 pm May 4, 2014 #

  12. I to have been fishing and shrimping the area for over forty years and haven’t experienced any issues experienced any issues. But at the end of the day I go into this with my eyes wide open unlike the ones shopping local store purchasing fish from these nets referenced above. And yes these fish are migratory but it’s not the short trip back up the river that exposes these fish it’s the year they spend in the river before they head out to sea.

    Comment by they — 12:45 pm May 4, 2014 #

  13. “Funny how uninformed people really are, I’ll say ever look at where your salad greens are grown and what chemicals are used on them ?”
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    Yup, I do know, I actually am personal friends with the farmers we get much of our local produce from. I also know what chemicals are on them, I know the guy that’s certified to spray them. ;) How well do you know your soil in your back yard?

    Comment by Mike — 5:50 pm May 4, 2014 #

  14. Glad to hear you get good produce. I know our soil very well really can’t say it’s 100% organic but about as close as it gets, raised beds on cement we even use rain barrels ;)

    Comment by wetone — 8:56 pm May 4, 2014 #

  15. I, too have fished, crabbed and shrimped in Elliot Bay for numerous years. still able to type this comment. People are going to do what they want to do, whether they get negative comment or positive comment. FISH ON!

    Comment by Don — 9:15 am May 5, 2014 #

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