Maine’s historic shrimp industry is closed due to warming oceans, and people who formerly worked in it are grappling with the question of whether consumers will remember the seafood if it ever comes back.
The northern shrimp fishery was traditionally a winter industry, but it’s in the midst of its sixth straight season with no participation because of a government-imposed moratorium. There is no clear timeline for the return of the fishery, because its future is tied to the status of the shrimp population, which looks grim off of New England.
Fishermen, wholesalers, distributors and others in the seafood business lament that the industry wouldn’t be in a good position to return right away even if fishing were allowed. For example, the state lacks shrimp processing facilities after years of closure.