Mar 19, 2012

Scallop adv council: 2011 survey shows little increase in Penobscot Bay

 The Maine Scallop Advisory Council met earlier this month. 
DMR's Kevin Kelly summarized the results of the 2011 scallop survey Western Penobscot Bay/Muscongus Bay – density didn’t change a lot, some increase in harvestable scallops
Read the report 

Damariscotta‐/Sheepscot – some increase in harvestable scallops, but highly variable
Casco Bay – not much info from closed area in Casco Bay –  variability but significant increase in harvestable scallops – not the numbers observed Downeast however.   

Scalloper Tom Pottle: "Everyone’s focused on the taking of the scallops, not on the management. If you could stop and figure out a management plan, a strategy for the resource, it’s going to look a lot better a lot quicker than everyone fighting about the taking."

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