Gulf of Maine shrimp limit increased by 10 percent

Posted Jan. 19, 2012, at 9:55 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Fishery regulators have increased the amount of Gulf of Maine shrimp that can be caught this season, but Maine fishermen and processors say the higher limit won’t make much difference in their season.

More than 150 fishermen and processors packed a meeting room Thursday in South Portland, where an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission committee voted to increase the season’s catch limit from 4.4 million pounds to nearly 4.9 million pounds.

Members of Maine’s shrimp industry had been seeking a much higher catch limit they say is necessary to sustain the industry.

In the end, regulators said the 4.9 million-pound mark was the most that could be caught without putting the shrimp population at risk.

Northern shrimp provide a winter fishery for hundreds of New England fishermen.

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