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Federal regulators will keep Maine shrimp fishery closed in 2018

November 29, 2017

Regional fisheries managers voted Wednesday to keep Maine's commercial shrimp fishery closed for another year amid assessments showing record-low numbers of shrimp in the Gulf of Maine.

The Northern shrimp section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission opted to extend through 2018 the now four-year-old moratorium on shrimp fishing in northern New England to allow depleted stocks to rebuild. Fishermen as well as Maine's representatives to the shrimp panel had been pushing for a modest commercial fishery – ranging from 500 to 2,000 tons – but failed to convince their counterparts from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


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