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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Maine Scallop Fishery Management Overview
Since 2007, Maine fishermen & the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) have implemented a series of forward thinking management measures aimed at rebuilding the depleted scallop resource. The fishery has begun to realize the benefits of these measures, as recent reports indicate landings in 2013 alone were the highest in 13 years (424,547 meat pounds) while the value of the fishery was the highest in 15 years ($5,194,553).
Pictured above, scallop landings and value by month and year - highest landings recorded since since 2000 with the highest value since 1998.
The 2013 highs are partially attributed to an increase in participation in the fishery from previsouly latent fishermen, a historic high of $12.24/lbs. for scallop meats as well as a number of conservation measures that the scallop fleet has undertaken since 2007, which include:
DMR wishes to build upon this success towards the goal of providing industry with a resource base that is stable and predictable, thus providing for an environment in which fishing businesses can prosper. Over the past five years countless meetings were held to gather fishermen’s input on the overall rebuilding plan across the state.
For the 2013-14 scallop season, the fishery will operate under the following management measures:
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