Spring Smelt Fishery Closure from Stonington to NH Border 

The state’s spring smelt fishery will be shut down from Stonington to the New Hampshire border.

According to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the closure begins Friday.

They say it’s to allow the smelt fishery to recover from a decline in the southern half of the coast.

The closure will last for 90 days, which covers the spring spawning runs.

The Marine Resources Commissioner says they will decide on management actions for next year after reviewing ongoing surveys of the fishery.