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DMR Home > Species > Scallops > 2012-13 Management & Seasons > Current Closed & Limited Access Areas

Past Closed Areas/New Limited Access Areas

The closed areas will be retained as Limited Access Areas with one day/week harvest in December followed by two days/week the rest of the season with separate days for divers and draggers.

Zones 1 & 2 calendar (jpg file) | Zone 3 calendar (jpg file)

For Zone 2, the Limited Access Areas will sunset this year, while for Zone 1 & 3, they will be retained in lieu of rotational management.

Scallop Limited Access Areas

The Closed Areas will become Limited Access Areas with 1 day/week harvest in Dec., then 2 days/week the rest of the season.

It is DMR’s intent to ensure the newly rebuilt Closed Areas (now Limited Access Areas) are sustainably harvested. The Department will be employing the aid of Marine Patrol, Port Sampling and Sea Sampling personnel to make direct observations on harvest rates (Catch Per Unit Effort, % and time vessels reach the daily limit, ≥75% of harvest comprised of sublegal scallops, etc…) throughout the season as well as communicating directly with industry. Emergency rule-making authority will be used if necessary to prevent unusual damage from occurring in the Limited Access Areas to protect them from complete depletion. Therefore, a trigger mechanism with the goal of harvesting 30-40% of the biomass from Limited Access Areas will ensure the resource can replace what is removed.

Limited Access Areas (maps are jpg files)

Zone 1 (Western Maine)
For Zone 1, the Limited Access Areas will sunset will be retained in lieu of rotational management as a rebuilding strategy with one day/week harvest in December followed by two days/week the rest of the season with separate days for divers and draggers (Fig. 5). The daily limited for Zone 1 will be 185 lbs (20 gallons) with a 70 day season.

Zone 1

Fig. 5 Zone 1 Chart showing the previous Closed Areas which are now Limited Access Areas in GREEN and the 2012-13 Season Closures in RED. The Limited Access Areas will be open for harvest for 1 day/week in December and 2 days/week the rest of the season. The 2012-13 Season Closures will be closed to harvest this year except for Mussel Ridge, which will be open in December only.

Zone 3 (Cobscook Bay/St Croix)

While the Department believes there is merit in continued discussion of possible rotational management configurations for Cobscook Bay, it acknowledges the overwhelming feedback from industry conveying they do not support rotational management in Zone 3 as it was proposed. Therefore, Limited Access areas will be retained in lieu of Rotational Management, with a limited season of 44 days with a daily limit of 10 gallons [90 lbs], and the retention of Whiting & Denny’s Bay as a Limited Access Area, and the St. Croix River area as a Limited Access Area will be implemented this season.

Zone 3

Figure 6. Zone 3 Cobscook Bay/St. Croix River Area showing the Whiting & Denny’s Bay & St. Croix River Limited Access Areas (GREEN) are open 1 day/week in Dec, and 2 days/week the rest of the season. South of the Lubec Bridge will be closed next season as a Zone 2