Farmed bay scallops are an ocean-friendly seafood choice as they most commonly farmed in suspended nets where they filter-feed on plankton and organic matter in the water, an action that may actually improve local water quality. Bay scallops are a favorite choice of seafood lovers because of their firm texture and mild, sweet, flavor. Scallops are delicious on their own simply seared or poached, and make a versatile ingredient in pastas and salads.

Also known as:

Bay scallops, blue-eyed scallop, Cap Cod scallop, Long Island scallop, Peconic scallop

Availability:

Year-round

Product forms:

Fresh and frozen

Shopping tips:

Some bay scallop farms are operating in New England, buying locally farmed ocean-friendly seafood may have additional environmental benefits.

Substitutions:

Other farmed bivalve species such as clams and mussels are also ocean-friendly

Recipe:

Curried bay scallops with orange glaze

Bay scallop farming: Bay scallop farming can take place in suspended nets above the seabed or directly on the seafloor. More.

Conservation notes:

Farmed bay scallops are and ocean-friendly choice because they can be farmed without the use of chemicals and antibiotics or additional feed made from wild fisheries. More.
Last updated: June 2010

 

Bay scallop farming

Bay scallops can be farmed either on the seafloor or off the bottom using nets shaped like lanterns suspended from long-lines, which are like underwater clotheslines. Bay scallop seed (baby scallops) can come from either the wild or from hatcheries. Once scallops are large enough, they are placed in either nets or on the seafloor to grow until they are harvested. Harvesting techniques depend on farming methods but can range from dredging and hand collection for on-bottom scallops farming to simply removing bags or nets for hanging culture.

Conservation Notes

Farm raised bay scallops are an ocean-friendly seafood choice. Scallops can be farmed in lantern nets that hang off lines suspended in the water column or directly on the seafloor. Both methods of culture do not cause significant damage the seafloor. Furthermore, bay scallops do not require the use of supplemental feed; instead they naturally filter out food items, such as plankton, from the water. This filter-feeding action may even improve local water quality. Bay scallops are native to the Atlantic coast from New England to the Gulf of Mexico however; a majority of farmed bay scallops found in the market are imported. There are some New England bay scallop farmers. Bay scallops from the New England area are an ocean-friendly, local seafood option so whenever possible buy local farmed bay scallops.