Scallop Fishery Members Meet on the Heels of Strong Season

BREWER - Maine's most recent scallop season could be the strongest the state has seen in years.
While the data is still being compiled, officials with the Department of Marine Resources say December's catch numbers are promising.

 

This, after nearly a decade when the fishery was considered to be in a depleted state. Since then, regulators have implemented several conservation measures and other rules.

 

 


Thursday, fishermen and state officials met in Brewer to discuss ways to keep the fishery thriving. But even with a couple of successful seasons now in the books, regulators say there's more work to be done.

 

 

"We've got a pretty rigorous rebuilding plan to come," says Trisha De Graaf, a spokeswoman for the DMR. "In the eastern part of the state we're employing a rotational management plan which involves allowing some areas to be closed to help rebuild, to help kick start the resource to rebuild. So we have some difficult choices to make."

 

 

State officials credit dividing up scallop fishing zones and a rotational system for the recent success.
Some fishermen oppose the new regulations, saying it can cause over crowding of boats, among other concerns.

 

 

 

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Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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