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Pre-Season Shrimp Tows, Sebasco, Maine, January 13, 2013
Three shrimp trawlers from Maine (from South Bristol, Stonington, and Sebasco) and one from New Hampshire made some experimental pre-season shrimp tows for one day during the week of January 13, 2013. All data from the Sebasco trip are listed below.
The Sebasco (Phippsburg) boat averaged 58 pounds of shrimp per hour. Its best tow was 87 pounds per hour. Depths ranged from 35 to 67 fathoms, with the highest catch rate at about 50 fa after the captain made some net adjustments (see tow 3 below). The captain was using a new net and a new vessel. Count per pound was consistently about 51. About 26% of the female shrimp had hatched off their eggs (see graph at bottom).
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