Regulators to discuss options for collapsed shrimp fishery
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishery regulators will meet in Portland, Maine, this week to identify management options for the shuttered Northern shrimp fishery.
Regulators shut down the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery in December 2013 over concerns about population levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Advisory Panel and Section will meet on Friday to review public comments about the fishery and consider options for the fishery’s future.
Regulators are working on an amendment about the shrimp fishery that focuses on the development of a limited entry fishing program. Regulators say the fishery suffered from drastic fluctuations in the amount of shrimp fishermen were able to catch prior to the closure.
Most New England fishermen who harvest Northern shrimp are located in Maine.