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Federal regulators will keep Maine shrimp fishery closed in 2018

November 29, 2017

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/29/federal-regulators-extend-moratorium-on-shrimp-fishery/

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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