Officials say scallop stock is dwindling, but fishing grounds reopened to finish the season, Wednesday. Scallopers rushed to bays that are set to be closed once again.
Fisherman were allowed a three bucket quota at bays around the region, potentially adding up to eighteen hundred dollars a day. Maine Scallops were worth 5.75 million dollars last year, and have grown in value per pound for the last 6 years.
The state had closed these bays on December 31st, but found the original 30 percent that had been allotted to Scallopers had not yet been met.
Captain James West and his son spent their spring break catching the required buckets, but Captain West now has reservations about his sons future in the business. Rules and regulations regarding permits have made it nearly impossible for those joining the business to thrive.
With only one third of the state open for scalloping, boats have been crowding small areas. Gouldsboro point will now be closed for the next two years.