Legislator Looks to Cap Scallop Harvest as Fishery Grows

Mar 25, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's rebounding scallop fishery is the target of a state lawmaker's plan to put a cap on daily harvesting.

Rep. Robert Alley, a Democrat from Beals, is proposing a law that would limit scallop harvesters to 90 pounds per day, per person. The proposal is the subject of a public hearing in Augusta on April 1.

The state's meaty scallops are prized in the culinary world, and often fetch several dollars more per pound at market than others. The fishery is also experiencing a dramatic comeback from the collapse of a decade ago. The fishery bottomed out in 2005 at 33,141 pounds, and rebuilt to more than a half million pounds in 2014.

State regulators say the fishery's success is due to new management methods that allowed the scallops to grow.