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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Maine Scallop Fishery Management Overview
Over the past few years, Maine fishermen & the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) implemented a series of management measures aimed at rebuilding the depleted scallop resource, including limiting entry, raising the minimum ring size and establishing rebuilding closures along the coast. Last season, the fishery began to realize the benefits of these measures, as early reports indicate landings in December of 2012 alone were the highest in the past five years.
Pictured above, scallop landings and value by month and year - highest recorded since dealers were required to report 5 years ago.
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 four 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:
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