‘Sample’ Shrimp Harvest in Maine Fetches Record Price
February 23, 2015
PressHerald.com: Buyers snatched up 1,200 pounds of Maine shrimp at the Portland Fish Exchange on Thursday [February 19, 2015], paying an average $4.02 per pound, a record price and more than twice what shrimp fetched in 2013.
But there is no reason for shrimp fishermen to celebrate just yet.
The record price stems from scarcity. Just like last year, the commercial shrimp season remains closed because of low stocks. The shrimp that sold at the auction Thursday were caught by one of the three Maine fishermen involved in a sampling project to help state biologists track the timing of egg hatch, size, gender and developmental stages of the shrimp.