News Feature

Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 28, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, February 28, 2019
DMR enacts emergency scallop closure
Shortens season in targeted Zone 2 areas

by Anne Berleant

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency conservation closure for scallop fishing in four regions across three zones, including areas in Blue Hill Bay and Lower Jericho Bay. The emergency measure was announced February 22, effective Sunday, February 24.

The closed areas are:

St. Croix River in Zone 3;

Upper Blue Hill Bay/Union River Rotational Area in Zone 2;

Western side of Lower Jericho Bay Rotational Area in Zone 2;

Upper Damariscotta River in Zone 1.

“Immediate conservation closures are necessary to reduce the risk of unusual damage and imminent depletion of the scallop resource in St. Croix River, Blue Hill Bay/Union River RA, West Lower Jericho Bay and Upper Damariscotta River,” reads the DMR emergency rule-making notice.

The scallop fishery in Zone 2 was originally set to close on March 28 for draggers and April 13 for divers.

Full details of the closure are available at maine.gov/dmr/, under Laws and Regulations, Emergency Regulations. Or, for more information, call the Maine DMR at 624-6558.