Maine shrimp fishing ban extended

Regulators decided on Monday to extend a moratorium on fishing for Maine shrimp, which scientists say are imperiled by warming waters.

Fishermen haven’t been able to catch the shrimp since 2013 and won’t be able to do so in 2016 because the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section continued the moratorium.

A committee of scientists that advises the regulators asked that the ban be extended because it said prospects for shrimp recovery are poor for the near future.

Warming New England waters will create an “increasingly inhospitable” environment for the shrimp, according to a committee report.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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