Scallop closures



HALLOWELL — The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced emergency scallop closure rulemaking action to several areas along the coast of Maine for the week of March 2 as they have exceeded the 30 percent biomass removal target.

These areas include Cobscook Bay, Whiting and Dennys Bays, Inner Little Kennebec/Englishman Bay Rotational Area (South of Pulpit Rock, The Brothers, Libby Islands and Cross Island will remain open), Addison Rotational Area, Casco Passage, Bagaduce River (including Smith Cove, South Bay and Northern Bay), Sheepscot River (including Knubble Bay, Montsweag Bay and Hockomock Bay) and Casco Bay.

“It is imperative that Cobscook Bay not be overharvested in order to ensure a healthy fishery is available to the fleet next season,” resource coordinator Trisha Cheney said in a statement.

The remainder of the state will remain open through March and into early April, so opportunity will exist for those who wish to continue to fish.

Contact Cheney at trisha.cheney@maine.gov or at 624-6554.

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