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Friday, April 24, 2015

24/04/2015: Canadian shrimp push US crustaceans off the plate after fishing ban

Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch — the cold water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not New England.
    

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/canadian-shrimp-push-u-s-crustaceans-off-the-plate-after-fishing-ban-1.3039636

Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood markets since a ban on fishing for Maine shrimp dried up local sources, CBC News reports.

The value of Canada's shrimp imports to the US grew nearly 20 per cent, to more than CA$30.5 million, from 2013 to 2014, federal statistics say.

Canadian imports of cold water shrimp to Maine alone more than doubled, to nearly 100 metric tons, in that time, Canadian authorities said.

The price to American consumers has also risen since the December 2013 shutdown. Libby said the inability to sell the popular shrimp is a deep pain in the winter and spring, when customers typically come looking for them. But he said he'd rather wait for the American fishery to reopen than sell the Canadian alternative.

"We're trying to be about local food, so that doesn't really fit the model," Libby said.

"We're selling what's available and what's in season."


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