Harvesting Alaska Shrimp

Harvested in the icy waters from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast Alaska, Alaska Shrimp are known for their tender texture and distinctive flavor. Pink shrimp are the primary species by weight, and these are targeted with bottom trawls and beam trawls. Most of the catch of northern shrimp is shelled by mechanical peelers and then frozen.

Spot shrimp are the largest and most valued of the Alaskan shrimp and are marketed as live, fresh, or frozen product. These are targeted with pots in generally steep and rough bottom terrain. Other shrimp harvested include sidestripe shrimp with trawls, coonstripe shrimp targeted with pots, and humpy shrimp mostly caught incidentally in trawls.