Oregon’s pink shrimp fishermen voluntarily suspend harvesting operations

122210_shrimp_jonesThe pink shrimp fleet based in Oregon agreed to suspend harvesting operations May 4, due to an over abundance of sub­-legal sized shrimp. After six years of record catches, the fleet was expecting the worst after this winter’s El Nino was elevated to “super” status, as the warm water associated with an El Nino is usually detrimental to shrimp recruitment, but those fears have been erased, according to a release from the Oregon Trawl Commission. The start of this year’s season was delayed for three weeks over a price dispute, but once the nets hit the water, fishermen were surprised to see a strong year class of  one-year-­old shrimp in the water.  Read the rest here  09:34

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