PORTLAND — Fishery regulators are considering putting an early end to the New England shrimp fishing season because the catch has been so strong.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said today it will hold an emergency meeting and public hearing by telephone Friday to review landings data and decide if the fishery should be closed.

Scientists last fall recommended limiting the harvest to about 10.8 million pounds, but the catch has already exceeded 10.9 million pounds.

The season began Dec. 1 and ends May 29, with the season’s peak in the winter months.

Shrimp provide a small but valuable fishery to fishermen from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with 90 percent of the catch typically coming from Maine boats.

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