Bay Scallop Aquaculture and Market Development

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2003: $9,224.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $59,769.00
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Robert Garrison
Wampanoag Aquinnah Shellfish Hatchery


  • Animals: shellfish


  • Animal Production: general animal production

    Proposal summary:

    Scallops are fragile, stocking densities for them are very low, and they are also difficult to overwinter. The result is that scallops are not often grown commercially; the natural harvest of bay scallops is limited to a few months each year. Yet there is evidence that chefs are receptive to live bay scallops, provided the quality is good. The farmer will develop a culture technology that will include growing and packing the live scallops for restaurant sales, educating chefs and kitchen staff in proper handling, and marketing and educational materials for restaurant customers.

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