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Nov 10, 2016 12:11 PM

Panel to decide whether Maine shrimp industry will stay shut

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A decision is coming about whether New England's shuttered shrimp fishery will be able to reopen this winter.

READ: Cold-water shrimp industry poised for shutdown to continue

Prospects for reopening are dim. A scientific panel has recommended the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission keep the fishery closed because of concerns about poor reproduction in a warming ocean.

An arm of the commission is set to make a decision about this year's season on Thursday. The fishery has been shut down since 2013.

The fishery was mostly based in Maine when it was open, though some fishermen brought the shrimp ashore in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The small, pinkish, sweet-tasting shrimp were a popular winter seafood item in New England and beyond when the fishery was open. Some in the seafood industry have pushed for the fishery to reopen.

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