Maine Shrimpers Hope they Haven’t Seen the Last of an Industry Lost to Warm Seas

Glen Libby looks back fondly on his days as a Maine shrimp trawler, but he’s concerned about what seafood lovers will think if the shuttered fishery ever reopens.

“Shrimp? What are those?” he said. “There will be a market. But it depends how big of a market you’re talking about.”

Maine’s historic shrimp industry has been closed since 2013 because of a loss in population of shrimp off of New England that is tied in large part to warming oceans. And with a reopening likely several years away – if it ever happens at all – Libby and others who formerly worked in the business are grappling with how much of the industry they’ll be able to salvage if the time ever comes.

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