2016-17 Scallop Season Limited Access Areas

Limited Access Areas are being utilized as a rebuilding tool to ensure that areas of high productivity have limited fishing effort in them to aid in spawning and reproduction. For Zones 1 & 2, Limited Access Areas will be open for harvest one day/week starting in December 2016 for divers and January 2017 for draggers, with separate days for divers and draggers (check calendars). For Zone 3 (Cobscook), the Whiting & Dennys Bays Limited Access Area will open in December 2016 to all gear types, with separate days for draggers (Wednesdays) and divers ( Fridays or Saturdays- check calendars). 

In Zone 2, there are two NEW Limited Access Areas; Somes Sound & Moosabec Reach.

High-resolution charts with boundary descriptions (In all charts, Limited Access Areas are highlighted in GREEN):

Please note that in Zone 1, significant portions of the Limited Access Areas are CLOSED this year under targeted closures. Please review the charts below.


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