- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The final day is arriving for operators of New England shrimp trawlers to apply to join a research project in the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Participants will fish in the Gulf of Maine about every two weeks until the shrimp are no longer carrying eggs. Thursday is the final day to request to participate.

A total of $10,000 is available. Each participant will be required to make five research trips and will get $500 per trip. They also will be allowed to land and sell up to 1,800 pounds of shrimp per trip.

The project’s goal is to collect data on shrimp size, gender and development, and the timing of their egg hatchings. The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season is shut down because of population collapse.

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