Scallop fishermen to discuss quota concern with regulators

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators and scallop fishermen are meeting to discuss how to regulate the industry in the northern Gulf of Maine.

Scallop fishing rules have caused tension in recent months as fishing boats have moved into the waters off the northern Massachusetts coast to seek scallops.

The New England Fishery Management Council will hold a public meeting on Wednesday in Mystic, Connecticut.

Some of the concern stems from the fact that different classes of fishing boats harvest scallops in the area. Not all of the fishermen are restricted by a quota system.

Some fishermen who are restricted by quota say they fear overexploitation of a valuable seafood resource if the rules aren't changed.