Press Herald Interviews Steneck for Scallop Fishery Report

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, for the article, “As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break.” Steneck spoke about the early days of diving for scallops, which began in the 1970s, as an alternative to dragging. “Back then I was not alone in thinking this resource seemed almost unlimited and as far as the eye could see,” Steneck said. “Obviously I was dead wrong about that.” He said both methods of harvesting scallops can disrupt the environment. Steneck said he doesn’t see a perfect way of going forward, but he likes the approach the Department of Marine Resources has been taking, the article states.