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State allows Cobscook Bay scallop fishing to continue

In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, scallop meat is shucked off a shell in Harpswell, Maine.
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In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, scallop meat is shucked off a shell in Harpswell, Maine.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says the Cobscook Bay area will remain open to scallop fishing through at least Feb. 19.

The department had been concerned about over harvesting and was considering closing the bay.

Scallops are one of the most valuable marine resources in the state. Maine scallops were worth more than $6.5 million in 2020.

The scallop fishery will end for the year in early spring.