AUGUSTA – Shrimp fishing will be closed for the fourth straight year.
But a limited number of shrimp fishermen will be trolling the waters to help with research on the species.
The Maine State Marine Resource Commissioner Patrick Keliher stressed the research targets health and the types of shrimp in Maine’s ocean waters. The 53 metric tons of shrimp will be collected by fishermen chosen at random.
Keliher stated “It’s just a handful of shrimp that we need. We don’t have the resources to pay to send boats out to pay for their fuel for the day. So by them to retain some shrimp to be sold they cover their expenses, make a few bucks and it provides an opportunity for the public to get some incredible shrimp for eating.”
All research shrimp will be harvested by trawling and trapping.