According to news reports from around the state and the Bangor Daily News, the cost of scallops wrapped in bacon is about to go up.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has decided to immediately close three more scallop fishing areas along the Maine coast.
In a statement issued on January 18, citing a declining number of mature scallops, the department closed fishing grounds in Somes sound, around Greenings Island off Mount Desert Island, and in Gouldsboro and Dyer bays.
The department enacted new rules this year that allow them to close scallop fishing grounds immediately when the fishing industry is believed to have removed 30 to 40 percent of the harvestable biomass during the current season.
This winter’s scallop season is short to begin with. It started on Dec. 2 and is expected to run until March 20, just before the first day of spring.
This winter, for the first time, three scallop zones have been established along the coast, each with a different combination of harvest rules. Any licensed Maine scallop fisherman can fish in each of the three zones.