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Scallop season’s length concerns fishermen



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ELLSWORTH — The proposed new rules for the 2013-14 scallop fishing season look an awful lot like the old ones. The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has proposed starting the season on Dec. 2, as it did last year.

The daily catch limit for zones 1 and 2 remains the same at 15 gallons, and the limit for Zone 3 is still 10 gallons.

The proposed season length is the same with zones 1 and 2 at 70 days and Zone 3 at 44.

Even though the proposed rules haven’t changed much, several fishermen expressed concerns about the season’s length.

Local fishermen testified in Ellsworth on Sept. 5 during one of three DMR public hearings held around the state last week. Those who spoke about the proposed rules indicated the season was too short for them to make a living.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.