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Scallops, Weathervane

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Scallops Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Bay, Sea, Peruvian & Japanese/Yesso Scallop Worldwide Farmed
Scallops Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Giant & Digby Scallop, Hotate, Petoncles Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Scallops Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Bay, Sea, Peruvian & Japanese/Yesso Scallop Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certified Farmed
Scallops, Bay Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Catarina Scallop Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico Diver-caught
Scallops, Pink Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Smooth Pink, Reddish & Swimming Scallops Canadian Pacific Butterfly Trawl
Scallops, Sea Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Giant Scallop, Hotate U.S. Atlantic Dredged
Scallops, Sea Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Lion-Paw Scallop Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico Diver-caught
Scallops, Sea Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Chilean, Fan & Peruvian Calico Scallop Sechura Bay, Peru Diver-caught
Scallops, Sea Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Giant & Digby Scallop, Hotate, Petoncles Canadian Atlantic Dredged
Scallops, Spiny Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Pink, Pacific Pink & Swimming Scallops Canadian Pacific Butterfly Trawl
Scallops, Weathervane Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Alaska scallops Alaska Dredged


Weathervane Scallops, Dredged, Alaska

Weathervane scallops from Alaska are a "Best Choice."

Consumer Note

The weathervane is the largest scallop in the world. It ranges from Point Reyes, California; to the Pribilof Islands, Alaska, but is only fished commercially in Alaska.

Summary

Weathervane scallops are considered moderately resilient to fishing pressure and the Alaska stock is not currently overfished.

Scallop dredges can affect benthic wildlife and their habitats. These concerns prompted the Alaska Board of Fisheries to limit areas open to dredging.

Overall this fishery is well managed, including a limited fleet size, area-specific catch quotas to prevent overfishing, gear size restrictions and bycatch controls.


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