NMFS Announces Six-Month Closure of Sea Scallop Fishery Area

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced a prohibition on possession or fishing of sea scallops in the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area from September 17, 2021, through March 31, 2022, due to quotas that already have been met. The action was taken to comply with the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan. The agency waived public notice and comment, finding that delaying immediate action would be contrary to the public interest.