After Banner Bay Scallop Year, Fishermen Test the Waters

As the harvesting season for bay scallops gets underway, Island fishermen and shellfish wholesalers are readying themselves for their annual gamble in a fishery with a reputation for uncertainty.

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State Grants a Boon to Island Shellfishermen

A bay scallop farming study is one of several projects in Dukes County funded by new state grants, aimed at bolstering the local shellfish industry in a time of climate change.

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Banner Bay Scallop Year Not All Good News for Fishermen

It has been a bountiful season for the Vineyard’s bay scallop fishery, but scallopers struggled to capitalize due to an atrophied market.

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Bivalve Predator Puts Scientists on Alert

Local researchers are keeping a close watch on a parasite that has infected and decimated New York's bay scallop population.

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Edgartown Extends Scallop, Oyster Seasons

Commercial bay scalloping and oyster seasons will be extended in Edgartown following a vote by the town select board Monday. Both will run until May 1.

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Hardy Souls Work the Water in All Kinds of Weather

In late winter, as the cold winds blow, the Edgartown Harbor is a quiet place, mostly populated by gulls, the Chappy ferry making its appointed rounds, and the occasional scalloper or oysterman.

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Bay Scallop Season Begins With Bumper Crop in Lagoon Pond

Bay scallop season has arrived, and while most of the Island is reporting an average or down year on the ponds, there is cautious excitement in Tisbury.

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Edgartown Extends Bay Scallop Season

Following the discovery of small patches of bay scallops in Katama Bay and the outer harbor, Edgartown selectmen voted on Monday to extend the scallop season until April 19.

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Tisbury Closes Lagoon Pond to Protect Bay Scallops

The Vineyard Haven side of Lagoon Pond will be closed to all bay scalloping beginning Monday, Nov. 5., to protect a large crop of juvenile scallops, the town shellfish constable said Wednesday morning.

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Bay Scallops Cheap, Plentiful Due to Reduced Demand
Mark Alan Lovewell

Fans of local bay scallops are in luck; commercial fishermen, not so much. An abundance of fresh scallops on the market, combined with diminished interest in the product off-Island, has dropped the price of the shellfish.

Local fishmarkets said Island bay scallops were selling for $15 a pound Friday, down from as high as $20 earlier this year.

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