Maine Shelled out Fewer Prized Scallops in 2018

ROCKPORT — 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.

Fishermen shuck Maine scallop meat at sea off Harpswell. The state’s scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018. Associated Press/Robert F. Bukaty, File

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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