A Maine fishing management board has signed off on a plan to reduce the number of scallop fishing days along the state’s southern coast.

The board cut the number of scalloping days in the southern zone from 70 to 60.

The Midcoast and eastern Maine zone will have 70 scalloping days like last year. The far eastern zone, which includes scallop-rich Cobscook Bay, remains at 50 days.

The upcoming scallop season begins in early December and ends in mid-April. The Maine scallop catch was valued at almost $7.5 million last year, the most since 1993.

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