AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers are examining ways to hasten the recovery of Maine’s long-struggling sea urchin fishery.

Members of Maine’s Marine Resources Committee are reviewing a bill carried over from last session that some say could help the fishery rebound.

The fishery peaked in 1993 with a harvest of more than 41 million pounds. Last year, fewer than 2 million pounds of urchins were harvested in Maine.

Democratic Rep. Michael Devin of Newcastle tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the state’s two-zone concept may be hindering the fishery’s recovery.

He’s introduced a bill that would create small-scale urchin zones. He says smaller zones that take into account population dynamics may help manage the fishery better and encourage a speedy rebound.

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