Shrimp survey estimates lowest numbers in 30 years

6:05 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine (NECN) --  The results of the annual shrimp survey in the Gulf of Maine are in and the numbers don't look good.

In fact, scientists at the Department of Marine Resources say it's the lowest shrimp count in nearly 30 years.

The decline of the shrimp population appears to be tied to rising ocean temperatures. It will likely mean a recommendation to shut down the fishery this upcoming season. Fishermen who count on shrimp for winter income are hoping that won't happen.

"Give the guys something," said fisherman David Osier.  "Give them a season just don't leave us with nothing and always wondering."

Fishing regulators will make a decision on the winter shrimp season when they meet in November.


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