09 January 2012

Northern Shrimp

Pandelus Borealis or Northern Shrimp is a small shrimp available in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  On the Atlantic side, the season typically opens on the first of December. This year, however, it was pushed to 2 January.  The worst part is that boats can only go for shrimp on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with a complex set of catch limits.  It sounds strange and it actually is.  Small fishermen are upset with the limitation. 

As I was in Gloucester to buy my 10lb bag of shrimp, I drove by the pier where a fisherman had spread his nets repairing them.

He told me that on the first week he landed 25% of his quota.  Which means he is going to have a rather short season.

If you have not tried the shrimp ... you are missing out on a delicious treat.  Although small in size, it is very tasty.  I ate about 1lb raw, gave a few pounds to friends, and steamed the rest.  

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