Maine fishing regulators are implementing targeted closures in several scallop fishing areas to try to protect the valuable shellfish from over-harvest.

Fishing Boat
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Closures will take place in Casco Bay, Upper Damariscotta River, North Haven and mid-Penobscot Bay as well as the Lower Blue Hill Bay and Jericho Bay area and the Chandler Bay and Head Harbor area.

The scallop fishing season is highly regulated and the state uses the closures to make sure different areas don’t become over fished.

Maine scallops are bringing a strong price so far this year typically selling for $20 to $25 a pound. The scallop fishing season ends in early spring.



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