- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s scallop fishing season is in full swing with dragger boats now allowed to harvest the valuable shellfish.

Scallops have been increasing in price around the country, and Maine’s are some of the most valuable. The dragger fishing season began on Monday.

The season runs until April, but is subject to early closures based on how abundant the scallops are. The most productive scallop fishing grounds in the state are in Cobscook Bay on Maine’s eastern coast.

Maine scallops reached their highest price at the dock last year at $12.70 per pound. The price to consumers was typically in the $20 to $25 per pound range.

Some Maine fishermen harvest scallops by diving for them. That season began on Dec. 1.

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