In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, scallop meat is shucked off a shell in Harpswell. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine fishing regulators are collecting applications for the state lottery that gives out scallop harvesting licenses.

Sea scallops are one of the most valuable marine resources in the state. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said it will accept applications through 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The state plans to give out eight licenses for drag boat fishermen and a half dozen for divers.

The Maine scallop fishery has been stable in recent years, with fishermen harvesting more than 400,000 pounds of scallops every year since 2013.