Maine shelled out fewer prized scallops in 2018

Maine shelled out fewer prized scallops in 2018

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine’s scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery took a step back.

The state’s scallop harvest is a drop in the bucket within the worldwide industry, but Maine scallops are prized because of their size and value. Maine scallops are also a conservation success story; the industry had declined to less than 34,000 pounds of meat in 2005 before conservative management brought the fishery back to good health.

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