Scallops. Two areas were closed to scallop fishing by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 21. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Scallop closures announced



SWANS ISLAND — The Maine Department of Marine Resources closed two areas to scallop fishing effective Jan 21. The closures affect Casco Passage in the Swans Island Rotational Area and Johnson Bay and the Eastport Breakwater portion of Cobscook Bay.

Marine Patrol observations, along with industry reports, confirmed that harvesting within Casco Passage, in the northwest corner of the Swans Island Rotational Area, can no longer achieve daily limits.

Additionally, the spring survey conducted by DMR science staff indicated good levels of seed resource within this area. This closure has been implemented to preserve the remaining resource as broodstock and to protect the juvenile scallops for future seasons, a DMR announcement said.

Results of a scallop survey conducted by the DMR during the weekend of Jan. 11 indicate the target removal of 30 percent has been exceeded in the Johnson Bay and Eastport Breakwater portions of Cobscook Bay.

The Scallop Management Area Map on the DMR website has been updated to reflect these closures.

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