History of the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians, Fisheries and Habitats in eastern North America, Massachusetts through northeastern Mexico

MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L. (2008) History of the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians, Fisheries and Habitats in eastern North America, Massachusetts through northeastern Mexico. Marine Fisheries Review, 70(3-4), pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

This is a broad historical overview of the bay scallop, Argopecten irradians, fishery on the East and Gulf Coasts of North America (Fig. 1). For a little over a century, from about the mid 1870’s to the mid 1980’s, bay scallops supported large commercial fisheries mainly in the U.S. states of Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina and on smaller scales in the states in between and in western Florida. In these states, the annual harvests and dollar value of bay scallops were far smaller than those of the other important commercial mollusks, the eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica, and northern quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria, but they were higher than those of softshell clams, Mya arenaria (Table 1). The fishery had considerable economic importance in the states’ coastal towns, because bay scallops are a high-value product and the fishery was active during the winter months when the economies in most towns were otherwise slow. The scallops also had cultural importance as a special food, an ornament owing to its pretty shell design, and an interesting biological component of

Item Type: Article
Title: History of the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians, Fisheries and Habitats in eastern North America, Massachusetts through northeastern Mexico
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MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 70
Number: 3-4
Page Range: pp. 1-5
Date: 2008
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9695
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:43
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2013 12:59
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9695

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