HALLOWELL — The stormy weather that has kept Maine residents busy with their snow plows and shovels has had an impact on fishermen.
Because foul weather over the past two weeks has kept all but a handful of boats from leaving the mooring, the Department of Marine Resources announced Friday morning that the scallop fishery in the Cobscook Bay area will remain open for harvest for at least one more week. Weather permitting, scallopers will be able to fish in Zone 3 for three days — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, Feb. 9, 10 and 11.
Early next week, Commissioner Patrick Keliher and DMR staff will review data from this week’s fishery-independent survey of the Cobscook scallop resource before making any further management decisions.
For the time being, state waters outside Cobscook Bay will remain open to scalloping as currently scheduled.