- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) - The scallop fishing season is ending for the year on Cobscook Bay, which means the year is also drawing to a close for Maine scallops.

Cobscook Bay, located near the eastern tip of the state, is the most scallop-rich part of Maine. Scallop draggers ended their season there on Thursday and Friday is the final day of the year for divers.

The closure of Cobscook Bay comes after several other closures elsewhere in Maine. Harvesters will still be able to collect scallops in some parts of the coast until April.

The scallops are a popular restaurant item and are typically slightly more expensive than other seafood. They were worth a total of about $5.75 million last year at the docks. They’re still available in stores at about $20 per pound.

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