Title

The shrimp industry, once the Gulf of Maine's cash cow, has at least temporarily

Authors

Joshua F. Moore

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2007

Pages

48-53, 68-72

Abstract

The shrimp industry, once the Gulf of Maine's cash cow, has at least temporarily gone dry. Sam Galli, 57, has been fishing for shrimp out of Portland Harbor for 25 years, but fluctuating shrimp stocks, changing consumer tastes, and increased regulation have gutted the industry. When fishermen turned to shrimping to replace the restricted groundfishing industry, regulators shortened the shrimping season. By the time it was extended again, Maine had lost its place in the worldwide shrimp market. Often the fishermen find no buyers for their highly perishable product, and in the past three years, the Portland Fish Exchange's share of the Maine shrimp business has dropped from about 30 percent to about 3 percent. Galli is pleased that his son has decided not to follow the unpredictable life of a fisherman. With two shrimp recipies.

Subjects

Fisheries, Shrimps

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