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Final Maine shrimp hearing is tonight in Portland

March 30, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery regulators are holding the last of a series of public hearings about the future of New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery in Portland.

The hearing was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Conference Room on the city’s waterfront. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is collecting feedback from about the possibility establishing a limited fishery for the shrimp in the future. The shrimp fishery closed in 2013 and has not reopened because of concerns about population levels.

Fishermen from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts harvested Maine shrimp prior to the fishery’s closure. They were a key commercial species in New England before the population collapse, which some scientists say is due in part to warming ocean temperatures.

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