National Fisherman

ELLSWORTH — Anyone who wants to enjoy fresh Maine shrimp for dinner had better not dither around waiting for culinary inspiration to strike.

Maine's shrimp trawling season opened last Wednesday, Jan. 23, and within days there were hints from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) that it wouldn't last long.

Last Friday, after just a single day of fishing, DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced that this week trawling would be allowed between sunrise and 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday — the only two days of the week when boats are allowed to fish. He warned, though, that a review of landings on Monday and Wednesday of this week could result in a further reduction in fishing time.

Maine shrimp fishermen are already dealing with severe restrictions.

In addition to the two-day fishing week, the trawling fleet is limited to landing no more than some 539 metric tons (about 1.19 million pounds) of Northern shrimp. The fishery will close when landing data indicates that 85 percent of that quota has been caught.

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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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