NMFS NUMBER: 92-NER-019
Evaluation of Scallop Dredge Ring Sizes
DuPaul, Dr. William, and Kirkley, James E.; Virginia Institute
of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
October 23, 1995
National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional
Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.
PHONE: (978) 281-9267
evaluated the performance of 3.5 inch scallop dredge rings
during six to eight commercial scallop trips from Mid-Atlantic
and New England ports. There were eight trips between
September 1993 and April 1995, conducted under various
conditions and in different resource areas. From July
to August 1994, gear trials were conducted on the Canadian
portion of Georges Bank. This was a valuable opportunity
as it afforded an evaluation of the 3.5 inch ring in an
area with an abundance of scallops with multiple
year classes in the population. Three trips were conducted
in the Mid-Atlantic region, specifically to evaluate the
effects of ring size on a very large incoming year class.
Information collected during this project was made available
to industry and supporting management agencies via written
and oral presentations. A copy of these reports is included
in the final report.