- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.

Regulators say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Several areas around the state will also have targeted closures. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has said he anticipates cutting back fishing days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

The regulations come on the heels of several years of steady rebuilding. The fishery bottomed out at 33,141 pounds in 2005 and reached 424,547 pounds in 2013. Prices also climbed in that time. State records show the price per pound for scallops was $8.23 in 2005 and $12.24 in 2013.

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