- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) - Maine’s plan to slightly expand its sea urchin harvesting season will be the subject of a pair of public hearings.

Fishermen harvest sea urchins in Maine for their roe, which is used as food, primarily in Asia. The state Department of Marine Resources is proposing 15 urchin fishing days along the southern Maine coast and 38 days on the northern coast, which is the same as last year.

However, the Whiting and Dennys Bay areas would have a 15-day season, which is six days longer than last year.

Fishing regulators are holding public hearings on the proposal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday hearing is in Augusta and the Wednesday hearing is in Ellsworth.

The state is also accepting written comments until June 12.

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