ELLSWORTH – Fearing the larger boats were harvesting too much, local scallopers raced to meet their quota to help bring an end to the season in the waters well off the Coast of Maine.
Some say federal regulations need to be changed to protect the scallop population in areas where boats will stay at sea for days at a time to harvest the tasty shellfish.
Others believe there’s no need.
There has also been concern about the number of scallops found closer to the Maine Coast.
According to one of the biggest seafood dealers in Maine, the state regulations are proving to be successful and there’s plenty to be had.
General Manager at Maine Shellfish, Jim Markos stated “It’s tight, it’s well thought out, it’s fair and hit has as its primary concern, the resource. And I think we’ll see that resource continue to grow because of that management plan. And I’m thrilled about that.”
Jim said he has seen a steady market for scallops in recent years and the species looks healthy. The local scallop season will also come to a close next week in zones two and three.
Draggers will be able to harvest until April 15th in zone one which includes Western Penobscot Bay.