New England shrimping rules to be overhauled

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One of New England's last open-access commercial fisheries could be closed to new participants as regulators look at new ways to manage the region's shrimp fishery, a restriction that some fishermen fear will harm their ability to make ends meet in the winter.

New shrimping rules have been proposed for the Gulf of Maine that include options for the coming season such as quotas and restrictions on where and when the small, sweet shrimp can be caught. But the proposal also includes a rule that could — possibly as soon as 2013 — bar or restrict fishermen who don't have a history of fishing for shrimp.

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