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2018 Maine Shrimp Harvest Denied Again

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State of Maine Department of Marine Resources

Moratorium on Northern Shrimp Commercial Fishing Maintained for 2018 Season

 

Portland, ME – In response to the depleted condition of the northern shrimp resource, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section extended the moratorium on commercial fishing for the 2018 fishing season. The Section also approved a 13.3 metric ton (mt) research set aside (RSA) and tasked the Technical Committee to develop the RSA program design and report back to the Section for final approval by December 14.

 

Industry members continued to express concern about the economic impacts of the fishery closure, especially in light of a lack of positive signals in terms of stock rebuilding. Based on these concerns, the Section agreed to include in future discussions the possibility of opening a directed fishery if improvements in stock condition (e.g., strong recruitment or biomass indices) are not realized.

 

The 2017 Stock Status Report for Gulf of Maine (GOM) Northern Shrimp indicates abundance and biomass indices for 2012–2017 are the lowest on record of the 34 year time series, with 2017 being the lowest observed. Recruitment since 2011 has been poor and includes the four smallest year classes on record. The recruitment index in 2017 (2016 year class) was the second lowest observed. Current harvestable biomass is mainly comprised of females from the weak 2013 year class and some small, early-maturing females from the below-average 2015 year class.

 

Recruitment of northern shrimp is related to both spawning biomass and ocean temperatures, with higher spawning biomass and colder temperatures producing stronger recruitment. Ocean temperatures in western Gulf of Maine shrimp habitat have increased over the past decade and reached unprecedented highs within the past several years. While 2014 and 2015 temperatures were cooler, 2016 and 2017 temperatures were again high, and temperature is predicted to continue rising as a result of climate change. This suggests an increasingly inhospitable environment for northern shrimp and the need for strong conservation efforts to help restore and maintain the stock. The Northern Shrimp Technical Committee considers the stock to be in poor condition with limited prospects for the near future.

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Hmmm, indeed. I'm wondering what your delightful governor has said about this, if anything.

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Nice piece.  If it is climate change rather  than over-fishing, you'd think they just moved to someplace more suitable and that they could be found.

 

A nit pick...the NYT copy editor missed the failure to italicize Pandalus borealis.  We live in disturbig times.


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6 hours ago, gfweb said:

Nice piece.  If it is climate change rather  than over-fishing, you'd think they just moved to someplace more suitable and that they could be found.

 

A nit pick...the NYT copy editor missed the failure to italicize Pandalus borealis.  We live in disturbig times.

 

 

Your typo probably was unintentional, but I like it: "disturbig" times would be those that are especially disturbing.

 

I couldn't find anything one way or the other about this, but I'm wondering if not using italics here was OK because the scientific name was part of a direct quote. In addition, according to this article (pdf file) about the International Code of Zoologial Nomenclature, "The genus, subgenus, species and subspecies names are conventially written in italics; this is advisable but not mandatory."

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