National Fisherman


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For the first time in 35 years, there will be no shrimp season for New Hampshire fishermen.
 
This week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to shut down the shrimp season for the Gulf of Maine, which includes New Hampshire's coastal waters.
 
"It's a big blow," said Peter Kendall, manager of Yankee Fisherman's Coop. "It's just been a bad year all the way around, between the ground fishing industry where we were hit 77 percent, and the tuna was very slow, and now not to have a shrimp season in the middle of winter, it's really tough this year."
 
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