A sample of northern shrimp
Marine Fisheries is involved with monitoring the Gulf of
Maine Northern Shrimp resource and the northern shrimp fishery
that occurs off the Massachusetts coast in the Gulf of Maine.
These efforts include the collection of fisheries dependent
and independent data for northern shrimp, as well as, participating
on the ASMFC Northern Shrimp Technical Committee.
Biological and catch-per-unit data are collected by MarineFisheries
staff at fish dealerships in Rockport/Pigeon Cove, Gloucester,
and Newburyport ports where the majority of northern shrimp
are landed in Massachusetts. In addition to fishery dependent
sampling, we participate on the annual state/federal Northern
shrimp trawl survey. This survey collects important fishery
independent data, which is used to generate abundance indices
for adult and juvenile Gulf of Maine Northern shrimp.
We also participate on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Technical Committee that
monitors and assesses the health of the Gulf of Maine Northern
shrimp resource. The ASMFC Northern Shrimp Technical Committee
conducts annual stock assessments using fisheries dependent
and independent data collected by Marine Fisheries staff,
as well as the states of New Hampshire and Maine. Results
of the stock assessment are used to provide advice to fisheries
managers who set annual shrimp fisheries regulations.
Our comprehensive approach, which integrates data collection,
data analysis/assessment, and fisheries management, helps
to ensure the long term well being of the Gulf of Maine Northern