Restaurant Makes Changes After Shrimping Season Cancelled

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STATE WIDE - A big blow to fisherman, after it was decided that there would be no shrimping in the gulf of Maine this year.  Restaurants, one of the largest buyers of the crustacean, are now making changes.

 

For the first time in 35 years, shrimping in the Gulf of Maine is a no go.

 

"Fisherman are obviously very disappointed, but I mean everybody's disappointed," says Patrick Keliher with the Department of Marin Resources.

 

The Atlantic States Marine fisheries commission issued the decision Tuesday. That's because the population has collapsed, at a 30 year low. Some fisherman are very nervous.

 

"It hurts everybody," says Fisherman, David Osier.  "It's just bad for the whole state"

 

Now restaurants like Governors in Old Town are fishing for solution, making changes to their menus.

 

"We can't claim that we sell Maine baby shrimp anymore," says Jason Clay with Governor's. "That's going to have to come off our menu."

 

Many restaurants will now look to Canada and even as far as the Gulf of Mexico to keep this popular seafood item on the menu.

 

"We pride ourselves on buying from local vendors," says Clay. "And this definitely takes that out of play for us this year."

 

Keliher says, "Last year was worth 125 million dollars to our coastal economy, and if you extrapolate it's probably worth 3 to 4 million in 2013. That's not a small amount that will be missing from our coastal economy."

 

The hope now is that shrimp can catch a break, giving them the chance to bounce back in the long run.

 

Andrew Scheinthal

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Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

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