Scallop License Lottery Winners Announced

Augusta - The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced the latest winners of the state's scallop license lottery. The winners include the following:

Drag Licenses

  • Alex Mathews, Trescott

  • Roy Whalen, Gouldsboro

  • Henry Macvane, Long Island

  • Ethan Dorr, Milbridge

  • Mitchell Mcconnell, Lubec

  • Dakoda Gray, Blue Hill

  • Benjamin Murphy, Southwest Harbor

  • Carl Gross, Vinalhaven

  • Reginald House, Walpole

  • Jamie Alley, Beals

Dive Licenses

  • Joel Spinney, Newcastle

  • Jason Harkins, Perry

  • Jason Day, Vinalhaven

  • Ailin Rafferty, Bernard

Each has been notified and will be responsible for applying for a license within 30 days of notification.

The new licenses are the result of a limited entry system established by the legislature and implemented through regulation in June 2018 that allows someone who did not hold a scallop license in the previous year to be eligible for one.

Under the regulation, each year two individuals will be awarded eligibility for a drag license through the lottery for every three individuals who did not renew their drag license in the previous calendar year. One person will also be awarded license eligibility for every person who held a commercial dive license but did not renew their license in the previous calendar year.

Four drag licenses were awarded through the lottery in 2018, while six drag licenses and four dive license were awarded in 2019.

Lottery winners were chosen at random by InforME, an enterprise created in 1997 by state law to ensure access to public information through technological solutions.

Maines scallop fishery has rebounded since 2009, when landings were 79,923 meat pounds (without the shell), to 415,818 meat pounds harvested in 2019.

Information on the 2020-2021 season can be found at https://www.maine.gov/dmr/science-research/species/scallops/management/2020-21/index.html