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Regulators close Gulf of Maine shrimping season

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A dwindling supply of Maine shrimp has some commercial shrimpers wondering whether it’s worth their time any longer.

“I can honestly say it was the worst catch that I’ve ever seen in my career,” Randy Cushman, 51, who has captained a boat for more than 30 years, told The New York Times. “I was calling people and saying, ‘Let’s shut this fishery down, this is stupid.’”

Regulators recently closed the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimping season — which, in a normal year, might have run from December through spring — to let the supply recover.