MACHIAS (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are asking scallop fishermen to comment on the state’s planned rules for the upcoming harvesting season.

The state is proposing that fishermen be allowed to catch about the same amount of scallops this coming winter as they did this past year. The state is also proposing closures of several scallop fishing areas, including the Sheepscot River and Muscongus Bay.

The state Department of Marine Resources is holding a public hearing on the plans on Wednesday in Machias. Another is scheduled for Wiscasset on Sept. 19. The department also held a hearing in Ellsworth on Monday night.

The public comment deadline for the season’s rules is Oct. 12.

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