UMass Dartmouth SMAST Scallop Survey overview

Since 1999 the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) and members of the commercial sea scallop industry have completed 27 video and tagging cruises to Georges Bank, resulting in 700 hours of video footage and 17,000 digital images. This research on the Georges Bank sea scallop population has had a profound impact on understanding of this unique ecosystem.

UMass Dartmouth SMAST Scallop Survey overview since 1999 presented at New Bedford Whaling Museum December 23 from 2-4 p.m. 

Since 1999 the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) and members of the commercial sea scallop industry have completed 27 video and tagging cruises to Georges Bank, resulting in 700 hours of video footage and 17,000 digital images. This research on the Georges Bank sea scallop population has had a profound impact on understanding of this unique ecosystem. 

Professors Kevin Stokesbury and Brian Rothschild will discuss the impact this research has had on fisheries management, conservation and the scallop fishing industry in a public presentation from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 23 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Johnny Cake Hill. . They will show how it aided development of scallop fisheries in the closed areas of Georges Bank, which resulted in a catch worth $30 million in 1999 and $25 million in 2000, while at the same time reducing the effects of fishing on the sea floor by greatly reducing dredging time. The scallop grounds remain open. 

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