New England shrimp fishing closed for at least one more year

New England shrimp will be unavailable to seafood consumers for at least another year as the fishery struggles with environmental changes.

An arm of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission made the decision on Wednesday in Portland. New England shrimp fishing is based in Maine and has been shut down since 2013.

Scientists have said the shrimp are suffering from poor reproduction and warming ocean temperatures. The Atlantic States commission was tasked with determining if the shrimp population has recovered enough to withstand commercial fishing pressure.

The shrimp fishery has traditionally taken place in winter months. The shrimp were a popular winter seafood item in New England and beyond. An advisory board had recommended reopening the fishery, but the commission's technical committee wanted to keep the fishery closed.


Explore further

New rules for lobstering in southern New England up for vote

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: New England shrimp fishing closed for at least one more year (2017, November 29) retrieved 19 April 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-panel-reopening-england-shrimp-fishery.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
3 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more