The name 'scallop' is derived from the Old French escalope, which means 'shell'.
The scallop Placopecten magellanicus is found in the North Atlantic between Cape Hatteras and Labrador, from just below tide level to depths of 100 m or more.
Offshore commercial fisheries focus on banks found on the continental shelf which have depths less than 100 m.


Species information

Commercial name
Scallops/Sea scallops
Scientific name

Placopecten magellanicus

Catch area
North West Atlantic (Canada)
Catch method
New Bedford scallop rake or dredge
Catch season

End of March till end of quota or beginning of winter

Estimated volume/year

6,785 T

Available as
Raw frozen scallop meat
Available sizes
20-30 pcs/lb
Sustainability details

The Eastern Canada offshore fishery for Atlantic sea scallops has an MSC certificate since 2010. The US Atlantic sea scallop fishery is under MSC assessment, as are some other scallop species.

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