Regulators Cancel Shrimp Season In Gulf Of Maine

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More grim news for the New England fishing industry: for the second year in a row, there will be no shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine.

Federal regulators voted Wednesday to cancel the upcoming season because the shrimp population is too low. Between 2010 and 2013, Maine's northern shrimp catch fell from 12 million pounds to just over half a million pounds. That's a drop in the catch of 95 percent over three years.

Scientists say years of over-fishing and warming waters in the Gulf of Maine have led to the collapse. Now fishermen and seafood processors are bracing for this latest hit.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a representative of the fishing industry about the decision.


Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association. He tweets @TheBenMartens.


The New York Times: Maine: Shrimp Season Canceled

  • "Federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight year on Wednesday, citing concerns about the declining population and higher ocean temperatures."

This segment aired on November 6, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.



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