Gulf of Maine Scallops

The Gulf of Maine scallop fishery is making a comeback. The Fishermen's Association is working to develop a sustainable fishery for Maine.

For the first time in almost two decades, scallops are rebuilding in the Gulf of Maine. The return of scallops to federal waters offers a fantastic opportunity for Maine's fleet. The Fishermen's Association is working with Maine scallop fishermen to build a sustainable fishery. 

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Amendment 21

Recently, there has been a growing directed scallop fishery in federal waters in the Northern Gulf of Maine, along with requests to examine the possession limits and quota transferability requirements for the LAGC fishery. To address the recent changes in these fishery components, the Council initiated Amendment 21 and focused on three specific issues:

1) adjustments to the management measures for scallop fishing in the NGOM management area;

2) modifications to the LAGC IFQ possession limits; and

3) allowing Limited Access (LA) vessels with IFQ to transfer quota to LAGC IFQ only vessels.


Scoping for Amendment 21 was conducted in spring 2019 and the Council is expected to approve the draft Amendment for public hearing at their June 2020 meeting.

Public Comments Before Final Vote
Due Friday, September 4, 2020

Members of the public may submit written comments directly to the New England Fishery Management Council, in lieu of or in addition to comments provided at the hearings. Written comments must be received on or before Friday, September 4, 2020.

When selecting final management measures, the Council will review and consider all public comments – those received during the Council’s public hearings, as well as any additional comments received during the 45-day comment period. The Council will also consider comments and recommendations from its Scallop Committee, Advisory Panel, and Plan Development Team.

Get Your Voice Heard

This action has the potential to be one of the most impactful decision points that will impact the Maine scallop fleet for years to come. please attend a council public comment hearing or write a letter supporting fair and equitable access for Maine fishermen to the scallop resource in the Gulf of Maine. 

Need some help? Check out our blog outlining MCFA's public comments or download a draft word document that you can use as a template and edit.

Important Documents

Important Dates

Thursday, August 27, 2020,

4 pm 

Register for the Webinar by following this link

Wednesday, September 2, 2020,

6 pm 

Register for the Webinar by following this link

Friday, September 4, 2020

5 pm

written comments are due

Email written comments to

Fax written comments to (978) 465-3116

Mail written comments to: 

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director

New England Fishery Management Council

50 Water Street, Mill 2

Newburyport MA 01950


This is the presentation slides staff from NEFMC will give before each public hearing

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Watch a recorded webinar presentation from the NEFMC

This is the ENTIRE amendment and draft environmental assessment. 298 pages of scallops!  

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