Upcoming Shrimp Season May Be Nightmare in Pink

ELLSWORTH — Fisheries regulators set the rules for the upcoming shrimp season on Monday and the news for Maine fishermen is all bad.

Meeting in Portland, representatives of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts who form the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) cut the landings quota for the 2013 Northern shrimp season by some 75 percent from last year’s landings and delayed the start of the fishing season for trawlers until Jan. 22.

Angelo Ciocca, president of Nova Seafood, a large Portland shrimp processing company, described the coming season as a “nightmare.”

Faced with evidence that the abundance of shrimp has declined in the Gulf of Maine annually since 2007, that the stock has been overfished in each of the past three years and that reproduction levels were low in both 2010 and 2011, the shrimp section set the total allowable catch (TAC) for the coming season at 625 metric tons, approximately 1.38 million pounds. Last year, fishermen landed some 5.3 million pounds of shrimp.

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Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]
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