Category Archive: Shrimp

Stock ‘collapse’ prompts 2014 shrimp moratorium

One of the “better” tows from the 2013 Gloria Michelle shrimp survey.  Dogfish, redfish, and whiting dominated many hauls, with shrimp being few and far between.  Overall, 13% of the tows caught no shrimp at all, and 52% caught less than 100 shrimp.  During the 1984-2011 surveys, fewer than 1% of the tows caught zero shrimp and, on average, only 6% caught less than 100 shrimp. (Heidi Marotta/NEFSC photo)

PORTLAND, ME – Faced with a stock that scientists said had technically “collapsed,” the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section met here Dec. 3 and agreed by consensus to impose a moratorium on shrimp fishing for the 2014 season. The section took this extreme action after receiving a grim stock assessment update …

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Shrimp section charts path for 2013-2014

Shrimp section charts path for 2013-2014 PORTLAND, ME – The northern shrimp resource will receive extra attention this year as it undergoes a “benchmark” stock assessment on top of its annual assessment update. The Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) discussed the timetable for both assessments during a June 13 …

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Shrimp 2013: Low landings discourage fleet

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WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – As the month of February was drawing to a close, shrimp fishermen in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts were still plugging along, trying to salvage what they could from the extremely slow-going and disappointing 2013 season. Shrimp were hard to come by in general, and storm after storm kept boats …

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Northern shrimp test tows ‘disappointing’

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WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Shrimp fishermen up and down the Maine and New Hampshire coastlines – and possibly a few from Massachusetts – were readying to head out to sea on Jan. 23, the first day that trawl vessels were allowed to fish during this 2013 northern shrimp season. Opening day details were unavailable …

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SPECIAL REPORT – Shrimp

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Tough call:  ASMFC sets low 2013 shrimp quota PORTLAND, ME — The Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) met here Dec. 3 and approved a meager total allowable catch (TAC) of 625 metric tons (mt) for the 2013 shrimp season. This was the sobering result of the section’s deliberate effort …

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Shrimp section considers allocating quota by state/gear in Addendum I

PORTLAND, ME – The northern shrimp fishery may be regulated very differently this winter if stateby- state quotas and/or trawl vs. trap allocations are adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section. The section is considering both approaches and other proposals as part of Draft Addendum I to Amendment 2 to …

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Maine trappers form new shrimp association

GEORGETOWN, ME – Jan. 19, 2012 turned out to be a pivotal day for Maine shrimp trap fishermen. The Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) was meeting in Portland for a midseason check to see how fast landings were tallying up against the year’s very small total allowable catch (TAC). …

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