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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
2012-13 Maine Scallop Season Overview
Three years ago, 13 Scallop Closed Areas encompassing 20% of Maine’s coastal waters were implemented with the goal of rebuilding the scallop resource. Since that time, industry, the Scallop Advisory Council (SAC) and DMR have deliberated over how best to open them to ensure they are not immediately depleted, but instead continue to provide an ongoing benefit that will be sustained into the future. After a total of 22 meetings in the past year, a final rule was voted on by the DMR Advisory Council which puts forward a drastic change in management philosophy for this fishery – rotational management – in addition to several other new measures for the coming 2012-13 season, which include:
The Department will continue to have conversations with industry and the SAC on the merits of rotational management for the entire state as well as for a coast wide meat count requirement. However, based on overwhelming public comment, rotational management was not implemented in Zone 1 or 3, nor was a meat count provision for Zone 1 & 2 be established for the 2012-13 season.
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