Maine shuts down scallop fishing areas in Washington County
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] - December 30, 2014 -
MACHIAS — Maine fishery regulators are shutting down two scallop fishing areas they say are in danger of becoming depleted.
The state is closing Pleasant Bay and Lower Englishman Bay. Both are in Washington County. State officials say continued scallop fishing in the two areas could “damage sublegal scallops that could be caught during subsequent fishing seasons.
Maine’s scalloping industry is rebounding after bottoming out at about 33,000 pounds in 2005. Fishermen caught more than 400,000 pounds in 2013. The state has regulated the fishery through closures and new management techniques.
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