Bay Scallop Restoration

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Bay Scallop Restoration

One of the goals of FWRI scientists is to restore bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) to areas where natural populations have been depleted. Juvenile bay scallops, or "spat", are grown in cages off docks to plant in target restoration areas.

Scallops raised in cages must be cleaned regularly to prevent fouling by barnacles, oysters, and tunicates, as seen in this photo. FWRI scientists are often assisted with this task by volunteers and student interns.


Image Credit: FWC



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