Working Waterfront has published an article about the short Maine Shrimp season.
The move to cut the shrimping season wasn’t a surprise. The previous shrimping season was cut short after just a few weeks, and summer surveys showed that the Northern shrimp population is in trouble. The survey found that shrimp were small in size in general and that two year-classes were absent, said Michael Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator with the commission. The results were surprising, even for a fishery known for boom and bust cycles.
“We’ve had similar situations, but we haven’t had two absent year-classes in a row,” Waine said.