- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) - Maine fishing regulators are getting ready to hold the second of two public hearings about a plan to change the rules about fishing for sea urchins in the state.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ellsworth City Hall in Ellsworth. One of the key rule changes would create a mandatory swipe card system that would record transactions when urchins are bought or sold. The value of Maine’s urchin fishery has exceeded $4 million every year since 1990, with a high year of $35.6 million in 1995. Last year’s value was slightly less than $5.4 million.

The rules would cover the 2015-16 fishing season, which begins in September and concludes in March.

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