Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Marine Resource Advisory No. 67; VSG-97-10


In the mid-1960s the bay scallop, Argopecten irradians, was identified by scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) as having culture potential for Virginia waters. Mike Castagna at the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory demonstrated the biological feasibility of culturing bay scallops from egg to market size within a one year period. At that time, culture for scallop meat production was not economically favorable and the need for better grow-out technology precluded further development of this industry in Virginia. With the change in marketing towards a whole, in-the-shell product and improved or alternative grow-out technology, bay scallop culture activities were resurrected in Virginia in 1990. The following publication is a compilation of the information gained in all the VIMS bay scallop culture activities over the past 30 years.



Scallops, Fisheries, Virginia



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