Working Waterfront: In December, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced a 72% cut for the 2013 shrimping season, and Maine’s shrimping community is scrambling to adapt.
The commission announced to set a quota of 625 metric tons, down from 2,400 metric tons in 2012, and stagger the season to start January 22 for trawlers and February 5 for trappers. The decision was made against the advice of its own Northern Shrimp Technical Committee, which recommended a moratorium for 2013. Shrimpers lobbied to keep the season open, saying even a small season is vital to keep the industry afloat.
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