Gary Libby, a fisherman in Port Clyde, Maine, said he caught 800 pounds of the small, sweet shrimp on his best day this winter. Last year, he averaged 2,000 pounds a day.
“We were expecting it to be bad going in, but we weren’t expecting it to be as bad as it was,” he said.
Shrimp provide a small but important fishery for New England fishermen each winter, including some out of Gloucester and Cape Ann. The shrimp fleet last year included 225 boats from Maine, and combined 31 from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The new season began Jan. 23 for net fishermen, who were allotted about 1.2 million pounds of the harvest. Fishermen who catch shrimp in traps began their season Feb. 1, with a quota of under 200,000 pounds.