A S M F C Northern Shrimp Section to decide on closure today in Portland

ASMFC SidebarFederal regulators are set to decide if the fishing season for Gulf of Maine shrimp will be canceled for a second straight season. A report by the committee says the “depleted condition of the resource and poor prospects for the near future” warrant another closure. The report blames rising ocean temperature for the decline. Regulators say the fishery’s estimated population fell by a factor of 14 from 2011 to 2013. Read meeting Agenda here, Taking Public Comments 07:31