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Dec 3, 2013 06:27 PM

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

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

    1. ugh. this was rumored in november.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

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

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            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.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

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

              1. re: grant.cook

                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.

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                ...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.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

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

              3. re: MC Slim JB

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

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

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

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                  1. re: coll

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

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      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.

                      1. re: bobbert

                        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.

                        1. re: kimfair1

                          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...."


                      2. re: hotoynoodle

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