- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine fishermen will weigh in on a state legislator’s plan to limit the amount of scallops they can harvest per day.

Representative Robert Alley of Beals wants to limit scallopers to 90 pounds per person, per day. The plan is the subject of a Wednesday hearing. It is unpopular with some fishermen who say the cap will make it more difficult for them to make money. Alley’s bill says the cap is necessary to make sure the popular shellfish are sustainable.

Alley’s bill comes as Maine scallops are fetching high prices at market. Some fish markets are selling the scallops for $20 per pound, which is about twice the price for non-local scallops. Dealers say they aren’t sure what the proposed cap would mean for the price to consumers.

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