February 1, 2013

Time, catch limits altered for Maine shrimpers

The Associated Press

PORTLAND – Maine Marine Commissioner Patrick Keliher has lifted time-of-day restrictions on trawlers fishing for shrimp, allowing them to fish around-the-clock for two days a week. He's also lowered the daily catch limit for shrimp trappers when they begin fishing Tuesday.

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In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 photo, James Rich maneuvers a bulging net full of northern shrimp caught in the Gulf of Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The shrimp season got under way on Jan. 23 with a big quota reduction that lowered the limit to 1.4 million pounds from 5.3 million pounds last year.

Tweaking the system on Friday, Keliher eliminated the sunrise-to-3 p.m. restriction for trawlers for the first two weeks of the fishery, allowing them to fish around-the-clock on each Monday and Wednesday.

He also lowered the daily limit from 800 pounds to 500 pounds for trappers. Trappers will be allowed to haul around the clock, Monday through Saturday.


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