This summer, seafood shoppers will find northern shrimp, cod, haddock, and lobster products that have been verified by the Gulf of Maine Responsibly HarvestedTM program. Purchasing these products supports the long-term health of the region's fisheries and fishing communities.
Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) are harvested in the winter in the clean, productive waters of the Gulf of Maine. They play an important role in the food web, feeding on plankton and invertebrates along the seafloor. They are prey to many finfish, including cod, redfish, and silver hake. Northern shrimp fishermen have developed highly effective trawl gear that keeps unintended bycatch of groundfish to a minimum (usually just 1-2% of total catch). Watch for Cozy Harbor's Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested northern shrimp in the frozen section of your grocery store. GMRI is also working with chefs to feature this plentiful but often under appreciated species.