Winter Lobsters Could Bolster Fishery During Shrimp Shutdown

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen and seafood dealers say a shutdown of the Maine shrimp season is keeping many lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than typical – a trend some say could result in lower prices for consumers.

Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of winter income while lobsters are in lower demand and harder to catch. But regulators have shut down the shrimp season for two straight years because of a collapsed shrimp population.

Lobster fishermen, dealers and processors say it remains to be seen if the number of lobstermen remaining in the fishery in the winter will have a big impact on the winter lobster catch. Some say a heavy supply of winter lobsters could drive price down, while others are skeptical.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.