Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Services (MAS)

Publication Date



Marine Resource Report No. 2017-5


The sea scallop fishery is currently the most valuable single species fishery in the United States. Part of this success stems from a hybrid management strategy that incorporates a spatial component (rotational closed areas) with traditional fishery management approaches. While much recent attention has focused on the success of closed areas (e.g. Elephant Trunk Closed Area), production from open areas had enabled scallop landings to remain high and relatively stable over the past few years. Regardless of the management approach, timely and accurate information related to scallop distribution and biomass is critical for the effective management of the resource. This data need is essential for both the rotational access areas and the areas open to general fishing under day-at-sea (DAS) control.



Sea scallop fishery



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