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(Pectinidae)

Is It Wild or Farmed? Both Bay Scallops and Sea Scallops are wild caught.

Where is it fished? Sea Scallops can be found throughout the western North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Cape Hatteras, NC, with populations on the Georges Bank, the Gulf of Maine, and the Mid-Atlantic Bight.  Mexican Bay Scallops can be found along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Peru. The Lobster Place sources Bay Scallops from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and occasionaly from Peru.

How is it fished?  Sea Scallops are fished primarily through the use of dredges, while Bay Scallops are commonly caught by hand.

Where does The Lobster Place Source it? The Lobster Place procures Scallops primarily through producers like Viking Village.

Is it sustainable?  The Atlantic sea scallop population is healthy, and is currently not being overfished. Areas where scallops can be harvested are rotated so that various stocks can be rebuilt to appropriate levels after harvesting.  Dredges used in harvesting sea scallops can be dangerous to the sea floor habitat.

Not much is known about Mexican Bay Scallop populations although there is minor concern for the population size and fishing quotas.  The commonly used method of fishing Mexican Bay Scallops by hand is done with no harm to the sea floor habitat.

For more information, visit the following sites:

NOAA - Sea Scallops

Blue Ocean Institute - Sea Scallops

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Sea Scallops

Monterey Bay Aquarium -Bay Scallops

Blue Ocean Institue - Bay Scallops

What is the flavor/texture profile?

Sea Scallops: Delicious rich, sweet taste & lean, firm texture.

Mexican Bay Scallops: Fresh mild, sweet flavor and soft, delicatet texture.

How do I Cook it?

Bay Scallops with Pesto

Seared Scallops w/ Shallots & Wine

Sauteed Sea Scallops with Ginger, Red Pepper & Chives

Steamed Sea Scallops with Chinese Black Beans & Garlic


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