Gulf of Maine Shrimp Fishery Closure Extended
December 4, 2017
Seacoast Online: New England shrimp will be unavailable to consumers for at least another year as the fishery struggles with environmental changes, regulators decided Wednesday [Nov. 29]. An arm of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission made the decision at a meeting in Portland. New England shrimp fishing historically has been based in Maine and has been shut down since 2013.
Scientists have said the shrimp are suffering from warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young, and prospects for recovery in the immediate future are poor. The Atlantic States panel was tasked with determining if the shrimp population has recovered enough during the moratorium to withstand commercial fishing pressure, and decided that is has not.