PORTLAND, Maine — Fishery regulators have scheduled hearings to gather public comments on proposed new shrimp fishing rules for the Gulf of Maine.
The plan proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission includes options for the coming season such as quotas and restrictions on where and when shrimp can be caught. It also proposes a rule that in time, possibly as soon as 2013, could bar or restrict fishermen who don’t have a history of fishing for shrimp.
The first hearings will be Sept. 13 in Portland and Gloucester, Mass. Others will take place in Rockland, Ellsworth and in Portsmouth, N.H.
Shrimp is a small but important fishery for hundreds of New England fishermen, with boats from Maine typically catching about 90 percent of the harvest.