Commerical scalloper, photo courtesy the Coonamessett Farm Foundation.

Commerical scalloper, photo courtesy the Coonamessett Farm Foundation.

TheFishSite: The U.S. Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) fishery has been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable, well-managed fisheries following an independent assessment conducted by Intertek Moody Marine.

The 14-member companies of the American Scallop Association (ASA) participating in the client group are now eligible to display the blue MSC ecolabel on catch from this fishery.

The MSC certificate covers Atlantic sea scallops fished along the US Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina by limited entry federal permits. The fleet comprises all vessels with limited entry permits that direct their fishery for scallops and accounts for 95 per cent of the total US catch of this species.

Read more about the U.S. East Coast scallop fishery being recognized for its sustainability.


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