Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Bay Scallop Survey_2

Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey

Five bay scallops resting in red algae.

Populations of bay scallops are surveyed annually by FWRI scientists around the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers search along a 300 m transect line using SCUBA and count all scallops within 1 m on both sides of the transect. Populations within open and closed recreational harvest areas are surveyed each year.


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