SOUTHWEST HARBOR –Optimism is the buzzword for this year’s scallop fishing season.
With the scallop season kicking off Monday, one fishing zone reopened after having been closed for several seasons.
Regardless of the reason, the scallop population off the coasts of Southwest Harbor dwindled several years ago Now stricter regulations are in place.
“I guess they’re doing okay. I don’t believe they’re breaking any records by any means,” said Emery Bamford, general manager of Beals’ Lobster Pier.
Buying and selling scallops helps businesses such as Beals make it through the leaner times.
“On the scallop side of things, it’s a short season. It’s definitely a shot in the arm, sot to speak, financially,” said Bamford during a Tuesday morning interview.
Most of the lobster fishermen have taken out their traps for the season. Now, about a dozen scallop fishermen are calling Southwest Harbor their port of call, at least until the middle of January when the scallop season ends.
And, while the scallop beds are getting revived, so too is the market.
“We ourselves ship mostly in New England, but from there I’m sure they go all over the country, all of the world. The Globe.
While there are limits on how many scallops can be caught on a daily basis, theonly limit on how to cook them is what your taste buds dictate.
Bamford said, “I’m a butter in a frying pan kind of guy. There’s no better taste than a scallop in a frying pan of butter”