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New catch rules for New England shrimp could keep new fisherman out of Gulf of Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ' One of New England's last open-access commercial fisheries could be closed to new participants as regulators look at new ways to manage a shrimp fishery off the coast of Maine.
New shrimping rules have been proposed for the Gulf of Maine. The rules include options for the coming season, such as quotas and restrictions on where and when shrimp can be caught.
The proposal also includes a rule that would ' possibly as soon as 2013 ' bar fishermen who don't have a history of fishing for shrimp.
Many say limited entry is the best way to sustain shrimp populations while allowing fishermen to make money. Others say the fishery should be kept open to allow all fishermen a way to supplement their winter incomes.
Regulators are taking public comment until Sept. 30.