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Scallops

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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


Scallops, Farmed, Worldwide

Farmed scallops don't require external feed and therefore have limited impact on water quality, which contributes to their "Best Choice" recommendation.

Consumer Note

China is the world's largest farmed scallop producer, followed by Canada, Brazil, Ecuador and Norway. Scallops are available year-round on the U.S. market in a variety of forms, including live, shucked, fresh, chilled, frozen, prepared or preserved. Scallops are marketed under a variety of names depending on the species, and are known as hotate or hotategai when prepared as sushi.

Summary

Scallops are farmed around the world in coastal, subtidal environments. Like all bivalves, scallops are filter-feeders and rely on natural plankton populations for food. No external feeds or nutrient fertilizers are utilized in scallop culture. Since the majority of farmed scallops are grown in their native ranges, the risks from non-native escapes are minimal. Additionally, since scallops are sourced from either natural settlement or wild-caught broodstock, there are no risks of impacts on wild populations.

Diseases are rare in scallop culture and are prevented through best management practices. No chemicals or antibiotics are used in scallop farming. Overall, the environmental impacts of scallop farming are shown to be minor and therefore receive a "Best Choice" recommendation.


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