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SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Aequipecten opercularis

SPECIES NAME(s)

Queen scallop

It is difficult to define distinct populations of scallops as they may either disperse over large distances in their planctonic phase or, in some cases, remain within a localized hydrological area over generations (Seafish, 2013). There are some indications that there is a larger Irish Sea and off Northern Ireland population (Beaumont, 1982; Andrews et al, 2011). Connectivity with West of Scotland populations is unknown, so a single profile exists for fisheries operating in Irish Sea and W of Scotland. A localized assessment has been conducted for the Isle of Man.

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ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • A minimum size at 40mm (shell height) is defined at the EU level.
  • Special Areas of Conservation are established around UK where dredges and trawls are forbidden.
  • New dredge design is more effective than traditional dredges, with higher catches and lower bycatch.

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

< 6

Managers Compliance:

< 6

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 6