Edgartown selectmen approved dates for the 2020 scallop season Monday, hoping to follow up last year’s poor season with a better crop this year.

The family scallop season begins as usual on Thursday, Oct. 1, with a weekly limit of one, 10-gallon washbasket, according to the dates set by shellfish constable Paul Bagnall. The commercial season will begin on Monday, Nov. 2, with a weekly limit of three 10-gallon washbaskets.

No dragging will be allowed in Cape Pogue until dawn on Oct. 30, or the last weekend of the family-specific season.

Both seasons are set to end of March 31, 2021, Mr. Bagnall said.

Although the town shellfish committee was scheduled to have a public hearing on the scallop season earlier last week, Mr. Bagnall said that the committee could not form a quorum and no members of the public showed up to the meeting. In response, Mr. Bagnall suggested moving forward with a similar scallop season as last year — which he said was subsequently okayed by the committee and other stakeholders.

“All members of the shellfishing committee are fine with it. Commercial fishermen are fine with it. Kind of what we did last year,” Mr. Bagnall told the selectmen.

Selectmen approved the dates unanimously.

“We’re looking at somewhat of a better year, but certainly no banner year for scallops,” Mr. Bagnall said.

In other business, town administrator James Hagerty told selectmen that the town had approximately $10,000 left over in the shared streets grant that it had received from the state earlier in the pandemic. The approximately $20,000 grant helped fund town measures to promote outdoor dining and retail options on the town’s Main street.

Mr. Hagerty said the town would use the remaining money to help businesses pay for outdoor heating systems, propane or other measures to help keep outdoor dining even as the weather changes.

“Hopefully that will prolong us throughout the season because it is getting cold quick,” Mr. Hagerty said.

The town also approved a pair of shade tree removals, including at 24 Fuller street and 10 Plantingfield Way, and granted permission to seasonal resident Jasmine McGlade to film yoga and pilates videos at the Edgartown Lighthouse and the Edgartown Great Pond.

— Noah Asimow