ELLSWORTH – Fishermen gathered at City Hall Wednesday evening to hear plans for the new sea urchin season.
The periods will remain the same for most fishermen, with 20-day seasons in zone 1, and 45-day seasons in zone 2.
But the state plans to extend seasons to 15 days in the whiting and dennys bays “limited access area” in zone 2.
State scientists say it gives fishermen flexibility and more money.
“It is a big financial plus,” said Trisha Cheney, a Maine Marine Resource Management Coordinator. “It means that they can fish some optimum places where there’s better yield for row, which is what we’re actually fishing for in urchins. [That] basically affects your bottom dollar; They’ll get a better, higher price per-pound for what they harvest.”
Some fishermen voiced concerns over long, singular seasons flooding the market and driving down the price.
Mainers who would like to comment on the proposed seasons have until June 12th to submit opinions to the state house.
Comments on the proposed season can be sent to:
Department of Marine Resources, attn Rulemaking
21 State House Station, Augusta, ME 0333-0021