Sea Scallop Plan Overview

The Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP was implemented in 1982 to restore adult scallop stocks and reduce year-to-year fluctuations in stock abundance caused by variations in recruitment. The recovery of the scallop resource and consequent increase in landings and revenues is striking given that average scallop landings per year were below 16 million pounds from 1994-1998, or less than one-third of the present level of landings. The dramatic increase in scallop abundance has resulted in the development of a highly profitable commercial fishery in which Atlantic sea scallops are neither overfished, nor is overfishing occurring.
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