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ELLSWORTH, Maine — Due to low catches of northern shrimp, which officials say may be a result of relatively warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, hours in the fishery are being expanded, according to officials.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission also set a season end date of April 12 and, for the trap fishery, decided to remove the daily limit of 500 pounds, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said.

With the changes, trap fishermen will be able to harvest as many shrimp as they can bring ashore in one trip. If the season lasts until the chosen ending date, it will be the first time it has lasted past the end of February since 2010.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

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Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

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