AUGUSTA — Maine fishery regulators are collecting the final public comments about a plan to cut back the number of scallop fishing days.

The proposal would cut back the number of scallop fishing days in the southern scalloping zone from 70 to 60 days. The state held a series of public hearings on the proposal and is accepting comments until Sunday.

The proposal says the upcoming scallop fishing season would begin in early December and end in mid-April.

The Midcoast and eastern Maine zone would have 70 days, the same as last year. The far eastern zone, which includes scallop-rich Cobscook Bay, would remain at 50 days.

Maine scallops were worth almost $7.5 million last year, the most since 1993.

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