Scallop season opens; Cobscook Bay a “zoo”

ELLSWORTH — Scallop fishing season opened Monday and one Southwest Harbor buyer who ventured to Cobscook Bay, where most of the fleet was gathered, described the scene as “a zoo.”

Rob Bauer, manager of Beal’s Lobster Co., traveled Downeast to buy lobsters on the first day of the season. His first stop Monday morning was the landing in Pembroke, where he found 30 to 35 boats offloading scallops.

On opening day Downeast, the quality of the scallops was excellent and reasonably large —about 22 per pound — and landings boded well for the Cobscook Bay fishery, where boats had yet to work in any limited access areas.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]