ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is proposing new rules to set the regulations and harvest season for the 2015-2016 scallop season and set rules and establish a closed area for the coming sea urchin fishery. The proposed rules and maps of the proposed closures are available on the DMR website, maine.gov/dmr.
Public hearings on the scallop rules and the urchin rules are jointly scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the DMR conference room, Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta. Another hearing on the scallop rules is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Ellsworth City Hall. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Sea Urchin Zone Council also is set to meet Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall, with a research subcommittee meeting immediately preceding the council meeting at 3:30 p.m.