Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Services (MAS)

Publication Date



Marine Resource Report No. 2017- 8


The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) conducted high resolution sea scallop dredge surveys of the entire Mid-Atlantic (MAB) sea scallop resource area, the Nantucket Lightship (NLCA) access area and surrounds, and the CA II access area and Extension Closure during May-July of 2017 (Figure 1). These surveys were funded by the Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program (RSA). Exploitable biomass for each survey is shown in Table 1 for each spatially explicit SAMS (Scallop Area Management Simulator) model area (Figure 2-4). SAMS areas account for differences in recruitment, vital rates, and fishing effort. At the time of the surveys, exploitable biomass estimated from the commercial dredge was 13,711 mt or 30.2 million pounds for the Open Elephant Truck (ET-Open) SAMS area and 8,907 mt or 19.6 million pounds in Elephant Trunk Flex (ET-Flex) SAMS area. For open access area in the Long Island (LI) SAMS area, exploitable biomass was estimated at 10,711 mt or 23.6 million pounds. In the NLCA, the exploitable biomass in the northern region (NLS_AC_N area in Table 1) was 5,600 mt or 12.3 million pounds. Exploitable biomass in the CAII survey traditional access area (CAII_S_AC in Table 1) was 6,296 mt or 13.9 million pounds.



Sea scallop fishery



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