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Warming Waters Spell More Bad News For New England Shrimp

Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press/file
In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 file photo, shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber aboard a trawler in the Gulf of Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - New data about New England shrimp show the species is still in bad shape, despite a fishing shutdown that's unlikely to end any time soon. The New England shrimp fishing industry, long based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns about the health of the population. Scientists with the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission say recent surveys off Maine and New Hampshire say signs are still poor.

A big part of the problem is that the shrimp thrive in cold water and the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most of the world's oceans.

The fishery for the shrimp is shut down until at least 2021. A regulatory panel could vote to change that on Dec. 6, but it's unlikely given negative trends.