Warm Waters Further Threaten Depleted Maine Shrimp Fishery
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s long-shuttered shrimp fishing business has a chance to reopen in the coming winter, but the warming of the ocean threatens to keep the industry shut down.
Maine shrimp were once a winter delicacy, but the fishery has been shut down since 2013. Scientists have said environmental conditions in the warming Gulf of Maine are inhospitable for the cold water-loving shrimp.
A regulatory board is scheduled to make a decision this fall about whether to extend a moratorium on the shrimp fishery that is scheduled to end this year.