Board considers canceling shrimp season in Maine
A moratorium or reduction would hurt, fishermen say
Regulators are considering cancelling the upcoming northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine because of a decline in the population from overfishing and poor environmental conditions. A committee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to meet Monday to decide on plans for the 2013 season. Last month another group, the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee, recommended a moratorium on catching the shrimp next year. If not a cancellation, the group suggested a shortened fishing season.