Northern shrimp are hauled aboard a shrimp boat. Photo/NEFSC/NOAA/Aldric D'Eon. Shrimp fishermen are casting their nets with the start of New England’s shrimp-fishing season.

The season got under way Wednesday [January 23], but isn’t expected to last long with a quota of only 1.4 million pounds, down sharply from last year’s catch of 5.3 million pounds.

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