70-day Scallop Season Announced



AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Advisory Council has given the nod to some weekend fishing for the upcoming scallop season.

 

Meeting last week, the council approved a 70-day scallop fishing season, beginning Dec. 15 and ending March 27, 2011. Fishing will be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays during December and March. The fishery will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays. In all, scallop fishing will be allowed on 11 weekend days.

During January and February, scallop fishing will be allowed on Thursdays and Fridays, but prohibited on the weekends. The scallop fishery also will be closed on Christmas Day. This year, Dec. 25 falls on a Saturday.

The season regulations apply only to scallop fishing in Maine state waters. That includes all bays and estuaries within the state as well as the coastal waters out to 3 miles offshore.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) control the Atlantic scallop fishery in federal waters. Beyond the 3-mile limit, scallop fishing is allowed year-round. Vast areas of the seafloor are closed to fishing during all or some part of the year.

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