- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Regulators are taking the possibility of a limited entry program for Maine’s shuttered shrimp fishery off the table for now.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section is postponing the development of the plan until next summer. The group has been looking at ways to manage the future of the fishery, including the possibility of allowing fewer fishermen to participate.

The fishery is currently shut down over concerns about low population. Fishermen haven’t been able to catch the shrimp since 2013.

The shrimp section is meeting on Dec. 7 to set specifications for the 2016 shrimp fishing season. A spokeswoman for the section says it is unlikely there will be a season at all in 2016.

Shrimp are traditionally a popular winter seafood item in Maine.

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