New rules for New England shrimp fishing might go to public
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The public might soon have a chance to comment on potential new fishing rules that could help bring New England's shrimp back into markets.
Northern shrimp were once a popular seafood item, but the commercial fishing industry for them has been shut down since the stock collapsed in 2013.
Interstate regulators are working on new rules about how to manage the fishery if it does eventually reopen.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says options include state-by-state allocations and the mandatory use of certain kinds of gear to prevent harvest of young shrimp.
The commission's shrimp panel will meet on March 16 to decide whether to approve a draft of new rules for public comment. The new rules could come up for a vote at a later date.