PORTLAND — Fishing regulators are looking for Northern shrimp trawlers and trappers to capture some of the imperiled animals as part of a sampling program.

Interstate fishing regulators have shut down the cold-water shrimp fishery every year since 2013. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Maine Department of Marine Resources are looking for fishermen to collect them this winter to help gather data. The trawlers and trappers will be allowed to land and sell the several hundred pounds of the shrimp while the project is going on.

The agencies are seeking four trawling vessels to catch shrimp in four regions of the Gulf of Maine from January to March. They are also looking for two trappers to collect them in Maine’s Midcoast region beginning in January or February.

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