Northern shrimp. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

DMR seeks volunteers



AUGUSTA — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) are seeking eight shrimp trawling vessels and captains to collect northern shrimp samples in three regions of the Maine coast (three vessels in western Maine, three in the mid-coast Maine and two in eastern Maine) beginning in mid- to late January, fishing once a week for eight weeks until mid- to late March.

Each participant will be required to collect samples each week in one region and will be allowed to land and sell up to 1,200 pounds of northern shrimp per trip. There will be no further compensation.

Five shrimp trapping vessels and captains in two regions of the state are needed to collect northern shrimp samples in mid-coast and Eastern Maine beginning Jan. 30, once a week for eight weeks until March 26. Each trapper will be allowed to fish up to 40 traps each, hauled as often as necessary during the project, and will be allowed to land and sell up to 500 pounds of shrimp per week.

The purpose of the project is to collect northern shrimp samples during the winter period when the shrimp are in inshore waters and to collect data on the timing of the egg hatch and the size, gender and developmental stage of the shrimp.

The application deadline is Dec. 19. Contact Hunter at 633-9541 or [email protected].

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