Maine Scallop Fishery a Balancing Act
by Laurie Schreiber
ELLSWORTH—The status of the state’s scallop resource is still uncertain.
But if the resource is doing better than previous years, fishermen would like to have a chance to harvest them. So the state and the industry worked out a compromise.
Earlier this year, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) recommended setting a 48-day season in Zones 1 and 2, and 32 days in Zone 3. These recommendations were reductions from the 2013-14 scallop season, which set 70 days for Zones 1 and 2, and 50 days for Zone 3.
In June, the Scallop Advisory Council (SAC) rejected the reduction, and proposed the 2014-15 season have the same number of fishing days as 2013-14.
SAC said the industry preferred that the DMR instead curtail the harvest mid-season, if need be.