Portland – Seafood lovers may see the return of Maine shrimp to fish markets and restaurants next year if interstate regulators decide the critter's population is strong enough.
The Maine shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 and a moratorium has been extended every year since. The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has said the shrimp are "considered at record low levels," suffering from poor reproduction and warming oceans.
An arm of the commission is set to vote on November 29 on whether the shrimp have recovered enough to withstand the return of commercial fishing. They were a popular winter seafood item in New England and beyond before the shutdown.
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