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Maine Shuts Down Scalloping Areas As Season Winds Down

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Robert F. Bukaty
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Associated Press/file
In this Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, scallop meat is shucked at sea on opening day off Harpswell, Maine.

BLUE HILL, Maine - Maine fishery regulators are closing a handful of areas to scallop fishing as the season begins to wind down for the year. Maine is home to a fishery for some of the most sought-after scallops in the seafood world. The fishery begins in late fall and runs to early spring every year. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says it closed down four fishing areas on Sunday to protect the scallop populations.
 
The scallop fishery is divided into three zones. The areas that are closing include the St. Croix River in zone three and the Upper Damariscotta River in zone one. In zone two, regulators are closing the Upper Blue Hill Bay and Union River area as well as the western side of the Lower Jericho Bay area.