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Gulf of Maine, U.S. Mid-Atlantic sea scallop dredge

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants >403
Target Species Scallop
(and at times, monkfish)
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage Observer coverage is mandated by the Magnuson­Stevens Fishery  
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

There have been no documented cases of marine mammal interactions.


Year­round with seasonal peaks.  Landings are generally higher April through August

Gear Description

“[Dredge is ] generally 10 to 15 feet (three to six meters) wide.  A cutting bar at the forward edge of the gear stirs up the substrate and kicks objects up and into the bag.  Shoes on the cutting bar are in contact with and ride along the substrate.  The bag is made of metal rings with chafing gear on the bottom and twine mesh on the top.”


NEFSC, MAFMC, & SAFMC:  Interstate FMP for Atlantic Sea Scallops (1982, original; 2006, Framework Adjustment 18). 


Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (1989)
Original Number of Participants 233
Basis for Original Classification no details given, because no observer, logbook, or stranding data
Past Names N/A
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A


Timeline of Changes

  • Estimated No. of vessels/persons changed to >403
  • Estimated No. of vessels/persons changed to >230
  • Estimated No. of vessels/persons changed to 258


Updated December 14, 2016