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Dec 20 - French Scallopers See Bumper Harvest


Dec 15 - 85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018


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French Scallopers See Bumper Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] by Pascal Rossignol - December 20, 2017

On the trawler Thierisa the mood was festive. It was the first day of the scallop season and the deck already groaned with the “white gold” of a bumper season in the waters off northern France.

At dawn on Nov. 13, Captain Thierry Lefrancois and his crew of four had joined a procession of boats heading offshore from Port-en-Bessin, a fishing village that was the site of a battle during the Allied landing in Normandy in World War Two.

After two and a half hours on turbulent waters, they arrived at the fishing grounds but had to wait until noon and the start of the scallop season at Bay of the Seine. Police helicopters hovered to make sure no nets were lowered ...

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85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 15, 2017

How is it that scallops catches will rise next year, while the scallop fleet takes an 85% reduction in yellowtail bycatch in Southern New England.

Actually these two things are not contradictory.  The scallop industry and the New England regional council have been working for years to reduce yellowtail bycatch in the scallop industry by modifying dredges, and by providing a large mesh escape nets above the dredge.  The council has also prohibited possession of yellowtail by Scallopers.

This year, yellowtail flounder in Southern New England was one of the worst performing stocks, with biomass ...

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