Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Bay Scallop Survey_4

Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey

FWRI biologist Mark Gambordella, searchers for bay scallops in a seagrass bed offshore of Pasco County (closed to recreational harvest).

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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