Scallop License Lotteries to Accept Applications Starting at Noon on September 29th

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is announcing the annual lotteries for scallop drag and scallop dive licenses. Based on licenses retired in 2020, the Department is making available 8 drag licenses and 6 dive licenses for 2021. The Department will begin accepting applications at noon on September 29, and the lotteries will remain open until 4:30 pm October 29.

In order to be eligible for the scallop license lotteries, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is a Maine resident and 18 years of age or older

  • Held in any previous calendar year or currently holds any commercial license issued by the Department of Marine Resources (under 12 M.R.S Part 9), or has in the past or currently is crewing onboard an active commercial scallop vessel

  • Has not been convicted or adjudicated of a marine resources offense that resulted in a license suspension within the last 7 years

  • Does not currently possess a Scallop Dive or Scallop Drag license issued by Maine

Anyone meeting these criteria may enter either, or both, lotteries. However, please be aware that there is no opportunity to change your license type once you have been selected in that lottery. For example, if you win a dive license, that license cannot be changed to a drag license. For this reason, if you have no intention of participating as a diver or a dragger, please refrain from entering that particular lottery so that individuals who do intend to participate may have a chance to do so.

Beginning with the 2021 lottery, there is a $37 fee to enter each lottery. $35 of each entry is deposited in the Scallop Research Fund and $2 goes to InforME which designed and supports the online lottery entry system.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine their eligibility to participate in the scallop license lotteries. If an applicant is drawn, but determined to be ineligible, that drawing shall be void and the Department will draw another individual. The application fee submitted with an ineligible application is non-refundable.

Beginning at noon on September 29th, online applications will be available at Starting at noon on September 29th, applicants may also complete a paper application at the DMR offices in the Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta. However, please be advised that the lottery entry fee must be paid by either credit card or check. Because the DMR lobby remains closed, no payments may be made with cash. Finally, the Department cannot accept paper applications through the mail.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is available online as well.

If you have remaining questions, please call Maine DMR at 624-6550, Option 2 and we will try to assist you