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Maine Scallop Fishery Management Overview

Since 2007, Maine fishermen & the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) have implemented a series of forward thinking management measures aimed at rebuilding the depleted scallop resource. The fishery has begun to realize the benefits of these measures, as recent reports indicate landings in 2013 alone were the highest in 13 years (424,547 meat pounds) while the value of the fishery was the highest in 15 years ($5,194,553).

6 year scallop landings value trand

Pictured above, scallop landings and value by month and year - highest landings recorded since since 2000 with the highest value since 1998.

The 2013 highs are partially attributed to an increase in participation in the fishery from previsouly latent fishermen, a historic high of $12.24/lbs. for scallop meats as well as a number of conservation measures that the scallop fleet has undertaken since 2007, which include:

  • Mandatory harvester and dealer reporting;
  • Limiting entry to the commercial fishery;
  • Increasing the ring size increased to 4 inches so sublegal scallops are not retained;
  • Reducing the season from 132 days to 70 days statewide and 50 days in Cobscook Bay;
  • Implementaion of three year conservation closures in 2009 that encompassed 20% of coastal waters. These areas were re-opened in 2012 as Limited Access Areas;
  • A Trigger Mechanism to ensure Limited Access Areas are harvested in a sustainable manner;
  • Three Scallop Zones established to allow for different management & rebuilding strategies;
  • Commercial Daily Limit in Zone 1 & 2 of 15 gallons established;
  • Commercial Daily Limit in Zone 3 of 10 gallons established;
  • Recreational limit reduced to 1 gallon of meats;
  • A 10 Year Rotational Management Plan for Zone 2;
  • License holders required to be on board the vessel while fishing for scallops;
  • Research surcharge added to recreational licenses in addition to commercial licenses; and
  • Increased fines for scallop violations. $500 for first offense and $1000 fine established for fishing in a closed area, license suspended and additional fine on second offense.


DMR wishes to build upon this success towards the goal of providing industry with a resource base that is stable and predictable, thus providing for an environment in which fishing businesses can prosper. Over the past five years countless meetings were held to gather fishermen’s input on the overall rebuilding plan across the state.

For the 2013-14 scallop season, the fishery will operate under the following management measures:

Printable Summary (PDF file, 7 pages)

Zone 1 Charts

Zone 2 West Charts

Zone 2 East Charts

Zone 3 Charts