Scallop harvest to decline again this year, but still strong

FISHERMAN ARE HARVESTING fewer scallops off the East Coast as the population of the valuable shellfish appears to be on the decline. Sea scallops are one of the most profitable resources in the Atlantic, and the U.S. fishery was worth more than $570 million at the docks in 2019. Fishermen harvested more than 60 million pounds that year. But fishermen harvested about 43.5 million pounds in 2020. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Fishermen are harvesting fewer scallops off the East Coast as the population of the valuable shellfish appears to be on the decline. Sea scallops are one of the most profitable resources in the Atlantic, and the United States fishery was worth more than $570 million at the docks in 2019. Fishermen…

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