STATEWIDE – Data shows New England shrimp are still in bad shape — despite a fishing shutdown that is unlikely to end soon.
The region’s shrimp fishing industry, based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns about the health of the population.
Scientists with the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said recent surveys conducted off Maine and New Hampshire indicate signs are still poor.
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator Dustin Colson said a big part of the problem is shrimp thrive in cold water and the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans.
Colson said the mean average summer sea bottom temperature was about 42 degrees from the mid-1980s to the early 90s.
He said it rose to 45 degrees this year.
Colson said that small difference makes it harder for young shrimp to thrive and join the population.
The fishery is shut down until at least 2021.