NMFS NUMBER: 92-NER-005
Location of Juvenile Groundfish and Northern Shrimp Populations
by Season Between Shore and the 50 Fathom Curve in the
Western Gulf of Maine
Schick, Daniel F. and Brown, Michael
May 23, 1995
National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One
Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 1930-2298. PHONE:
goal of this project was to identify locations and times
at which shrimping could occur without impacting juvenile
groundfish. This project concluded there are definite
times and locations when marketable shrimp are physically
separated from most, but not all, groundfish stocks. These
times and locations may not be consistent between years.
Minimizing shrimp fishing impact on groundfish resources
by limiting shrimp fishing to time and locations that
are essentially free from groundfish would require up-to-the-minute
distribution information and constant, reliable feedback
from the fishing fleet as to when bycatch starts to increase.
It was concluded that this method should only be considered
if other methods fail.