PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Good news for fans associated with scallops. They are already one of the most easily available higher-priced seafood items to consumers, plus prices could fall this year.

United states scallop harvests have grown and are ready to go up again in 2018 because of potential increase in the amount fishermen are usually allowed to catch. Meanwhile, the country continues to be importing even more scallops from nations such as China, Japan and Europe.

Some seafood industry members state it could mean the shellfish cost will fall to consumers. Anglers have received slightly less money for scallops at the docks in recent years. Consumers can start to see it in restaurants plus grocery stores this year.

State scallop fisheries have been strong. Maine fishermen got their largest haul in two decades in 2017.