BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to some limitations for about 10 months, federal regulators say.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations can't fish for or possess scallops in the area until March 31. The northern Gulf of Maine fishery is a small component of the larger U.S. scallop fishery.

The closure is necessary because of projections that the catch limit for the area has been reached, NOAA said.

There are exemptions for Maine and Massachusetts vessels that fish only in state waters.

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