Small-scale Commercial Culturing of Northern Bay Scallops, Argopecten irradians irradians, in Atlantic United States and Canada

Mackenzie, Jr. , Clyde L. (2009) Small-scale Commercial Culturing of Northern Bay Scallops, Argopecten irradians irradians, in Atlantic United States and Canada. Marine Fisheries Review, 71(3), pp. 46-49.

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Abstract

In recent decades, hatchery-growout culture of oysters, Crassostrea virginica, and northern quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria, has been commercially successful in Atlantic United States and oysters in Atlantic Canada. Culturists have not had success, as yet, with northern bay scallops, Argopecten irradians irradians. Large mortalities occur during the culture process, mainly because the scallops are relatively delicate and some die when handled. In addition, too little edible meat, i.e. the adductor muscle, is produced for the culture operation to be profitable. However, three companies, one in Massachusetts, one in New Brunswick, and one on Prince Edward Island, Canada, have discovered that they can produce bay scallops successfully by harvesting them when partially-to fully-grown and selling them whole. In restaurants, the scallops are cooked and served with all their meats (adductor muscles and rims) and also with the shells, which have been genetically-bred for bright colors. The scallop seed are produced in hatcheries and then grown in lantern or pearl nets and cages to market size. Thus far, production has been relatively small, just beyond the pilot-scale, until a larger demand develops for this product.

Item Type: Article
Title: Small-scale Commercial Culturing of Northern Bay Scallops, Argopecten irradians irradians, in Atlantic United States and Canada
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Mackenzie, Jr. , Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 71
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 46-49
Date: 2009
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Aquaculture
Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9686
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:39
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 16:39
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9686

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