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UPDATE: Scallop Prices Strong as Season Opens in Maine
12/02/2013 05:15 PM ET  

Trisha DeGraaf from the Maine Department of Marine Resources says scallop fishermen in Cobscook Bay were getting $12 to $13 per pound on Monday.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine scallop fishermen are kicking off their season with highest prices in recent memory.

Trisha DeGraaf from the Maine Department of Marine Resources says scallop fishermen in Cobscook Bay were getting $12 to $13 per pound on Monday. That compared to $7 to $9 last year.

DeGraaf says a low supply is driving prices higher, and that's helping to offset fishing limits that are in place.

The scallop season is 70 days along most of the coast but fishermen in the scallop-rich waters of Cobscook Bay along the Canadian border in far eastern Maine are limited to a 50-day season.

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the restrictions are working. Fishermen last year hauled in 2.4 million pounds, the best harvest in a decade. The catch was worth $3.2 million.


 

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