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Maine shrimp season cancelled.

bobbert Dec 3, 2013 06:27 PM

Thought you Boston hounds would be interested. Bad news. Always look forward to those sweet little shrimp.

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    medjool RE: bobbert Dec 3, 2013 07:55 PM

    Damn, what a shame. Can't say I'm too surprised, though. Gotta feel bad for the shrimpers too.

    1. hotoynoodle RE: bobbert Dec 4, 2013 05:49 AM

      ugh. this was rumored in november.

      1. MC Slim JB RE: bobbert Dec 4, 2013 06:33 AM

        Oof, this is worrisome. Humans are locusts.


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          hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Dec 4, 2013 06:35 AM

          it's a bigger picture though. the water is warming, bringing species like hake that are gobbling up the shrimp.

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            MC Slim JB RE: hotoynoodle Dec 4, 2013 07:26 AM

            Yeah, that's on us too: we're a plague upon the earth. I often wonder aloud how many species we'll see disappear entirely in our lifetimes between the effects of global warming, bad fisheries and farmlands management, and our general rapaciousness.


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              grant.cook RE: MC Slim JB Dec 4, 2013 07:38 AM

              I guess all one can do is sit down and have some tasty bluefin tuna and a medium rare panda steak.

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                deweyweber54 RE: grant.cook Dec 4, 2013 08:00 AM

                According to the Bangor Daily News article, the last down cycle in the Maine shrimp population was 36 years ago in 1977, followed by a peak in 1996 'the greatest amount in nearly a quarter-century'.

                Incidentally, a famous Newsweek article from the science section April 28th 1975 was titled 'The Cooling World' and quotes several notable scientists at the time.


                Not sure how the cycles have timed out prior to the mid 1970's, but we'll certainly miss the beauties this winter.
                Like others, thoughts with the Maine fishermen.

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                bobbert RE: MC Slim JB Dec 4, 2013 07:50 AM

                ...and then you run into the law of unintended consequences. Off the boat scallop prices in northern Maine are at an all time high. Among the reasons being cited are new regulations to increase stocks but also the increase in the number of fishermen who, because they were pretty certain there would not be a shrimp season, started fishing early for scallops. As a result catch quotas will be reached sooner and we'll all be paying more for scallops.

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                  hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Dec 4, 2013 07:59 AM

                  just watched "chasing ice" last night. he's got some scary numbers in there.

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                Veggo RE: MC Slim JB Dec 4, 2013 07:52 AM

                Slim, this is the season to be jolly. You shouldn't insult locusts.

              4. Science Chick RE: bobbert Dec 4, 2013 07:29 AM

                This is truly sad....these were one of my favorite winter goodies! I hope the stocks can recover. Should we eat more hake?

                1. coll RE: bobbert Dec 4, 2013 07:49 AM

                  Lobsters next. They're pretty much gone here on Long Island.

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                    hotoynoodle RE: coll Dec 4, 2013 07:58 AM

                    yeah, we've had a glut the last few summers because our water is still colder than yours and they have been migrating north.

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                      bobbert RE: hotoynoodle Dec 4, 2013 08:32 AM

                      and because of the collapse of the cod fishery, one of the main predators of baby lobsters are missing from northern New England. As Slim suggests, it keeps coming back to us.

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                        kimfair1 RE: bobbert Dec 5, 2013 12:46 PM

                        As the great late Bill Hicks once said, humans are a virus with shoes. Too bad, I do love Maine shrimp, and it sucks for the fishery, but better to stop this year and hope they recover for the future.

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                          MC Slim JB RE: kimfair1 Dec 6, 2013 05:42 AM

                          Or as Agent Smith put it, "Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague...."


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                        coll RE: hotoynoodle Dec 4, 2013 09:42 AM

                        That's something I didn't know, very interesting. Hence the $3.99 lb prices?

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                          hotoynoodle RE: coll Dec 4, 2013 10:01 AM


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                      CookingGirl RE: bobbert Dec 5, 2013 11:32 AM

                      Miserable news. Literally the ONLY thing I like about winter around here.

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                        deweyweber54 RE: bobbert Feb 17, 2014 05:31 PM

                        Greetings All -
                        Certainly miss having a feed or three of these lovely beauties this winter.
                        Thinking that the Maine fishery regulators have made the correct decision in cutting off the fishery for 2014.

                        Let's hope that these 'decapod crustaceans', aka 'pink shrimp' from Maine will once again recover from their natural feast and famine cycle which has been going on for many, many decades.

                        Looking forward to yet another full recovery of the fishery, once again.



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