Possible Scallop Fishing Closures Ahead 

An advisory panel is calling for scallop fishing closures in nine coastal areas for the coming winter season.They’re blaming declining scallop stocks.The scallop advisory council is expected to make a final decision by September.Areas under consideration include eastern Deer Isle, southwestern Mount Desert Island, all of Gouldsboro Bay, eitherMachias Bay or the bays on either side of Roque Island, part of Casco Bay, the Damariscotta River, Mussel Ridge Channel, the westernpart of Cobscook Bay and the St. Croix River.Last winter, the Maine Department of Marine Resources imposed emergency spot closures due to declining scallop stocks.