In the North Pacific waters of Alaska there are five types
of shrimp; Northern Pink, Humpy, Coonstripe, Sidestripe, and Spot shrimp.
Alaska's commercial shrimp fisheries consist of two type of harvesting methods, trawling and pots. Northern Pink,
Humpy, and Sidestripes are caught using trawlers, while Coonstripe and Spot shrimp are caught using shrimp pots.
Northern Pink and Humpy shrimp are usually marketed as
cocktail or salad shrimp. Sidestripe shrimp are known for their sweet flavor and Spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in the Alaska's waters.
Northern Pink shrimp are small slender and light to reddish
pink. Humpy shrimp are similar but have a "hump" along their back and a series of reddish dots down their body. Coonstirpes are robust with large heads and have dark
bands on their legs and body. Sidestripes are slender and light pink with white bands down their body. Sidestripes are also known for their long antennules. Spot shrimp are
large and range from light brown to orange in color. They have paired spots on their back just behind their head and just before their tails.