Using more scallop parts could create new industry

TAKES GUTS: Michael Marchetti, executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, sees potential profits in scallop viscera. / COURTESY JOHN LEE
RHODE ISLAND'S OCEAN ECONOMY is the focus of a new study by the University of Rhode Island to foster collaboration among the state's various ocean-related industries. Shown here, Michael Marchetti, executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, sees potential profits in scallop viscera. / COURTESY JOHN LEE
A few years ago Point Judith scallop captain Michael Marchetti had a conversation with Peg Parker, the executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation. They talked about scallop guts, or viscera, the part of the animal that every scallop boat tosses overboard as an unused byproduct, saving only the white meats that…

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