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Gulf of Maine shrimp limit increased by 10 percent

Gulf of Maine shrimp limit increased by 10 percent, fishermen and processors unhappy By The Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ' Fishery regulators have increased the amount of shrimp that can be caught from the Gulf of Maine this season, but fishermen and processors say the higher limit won't do much to sustain their industry.

A regional regulatory committee voted Thursday in South Portland to increase the season's catch limit from 4.4 million pounds to nearly 4.9 million pounds, or about 10 percent. Regulators say the new limit is the maximum allowable without putting the shrimp population at risk.

But members of Maine's shrimp industry say a limit of from about 6 million to 10 million pounds is needed to sustain the industry.

Northern shrimp provide a winter fishery for fishermen from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Maine boats typically account for up to 90 percent of the catch.

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