Field Research Group


Fishermen Steering Committee

Report of the Cooperative Fisheries Science Forum 1: Scallops

If you catch a tagged scallop:
  1. Shuck the scallop.
  2. Save the tagged top shell.
  3. Record the tow location and the date.
  4. Report the tag capture to SMAST.

Megan Levesque

Marine Fisheries Field Research Group

The scallop research of the Marine Fisheries Field Research Group concentrates on the Georges Bank sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) resource. We study the population dynamics of sea scallops on Georges Bank, including their spatial distribution, local abundance, global abundance, life-history parameters, and habitat. We also study the impacts of harvesting, gear effectiveness, and developing alternative fishing strategies.

Principal Investigator: Kevin Stokesbury,, 508.910.6373

Elements of the Sea Scallop Research Program

Video Survey Triangle 1. Stock Assessment using video surveys Scallop Net 4. Gear design (research document in process)
Sea Bottom 2. Environmental assessment Sea Scallop Distribution Graph 5. Temporal-spatially specific fisheries management system
Scallop Shell 3. Lifehistory parameters: growth, mortality, movement estimates   

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