Comments for: Gulf of Maine shrimp season will be a short one

Posted Dec. 30, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 30, 2011, at 1:21 p.m.

PORTLAND | The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season could be a short one with the 2012 catch limited to a third of the 2011 harvest. Shrimp fishermen have been given a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds for the season, down from the 13 million pounds they caught …

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  • pbmann

    Let’s just keep harvesting as much as possible and then when they are gone we can listen to all the people complain then that nothing was done to protect the stock.

    • Anonymous

        The laws of unintended consequences shows it’s ugly head once again when it comes to gubbmint intervention.

      The problem is that the gubbmint let everyone get in on the bounty in the good years and now with the stocks down, the guys that have been doing it for many years are limited just like the newcomers.

      • Anonymous

        You just agreed with pbmann. 

  • Anonymous

     I say shrimp them till there’s no more. species go extinct every day. Ccan get them in canada anyway for less money. Funny they been shrimping the same shrimp at twice the harvest from matane qc the shrimp capital along the nb down to maine border.

  • Anonymous

    Regulators have been providing wildly off-target estimates of the northern shrimp biomass for years. This species is at the southern end of its range in the GOM and its population fluctuates accordingly. In the 60’s there were years of boom and periods of bust that didn’t correspond to fishing pressure. A few years back, the catch quota had to be revised substantially upward after the season began because the population of shrimp was far, far above what the sceintists assumed. I’m not convinced that the science is without flawed data. I hope that the regulators are nimble enough to adjust the catch limits if the new season indicates more shrimp than they have thought.  

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