Northeast Industry-Funded Scallop Observers

Under the Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan, the fishery helps offset fishery observer costs through an observer set-aside program. The Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan is managed by the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries.

Scallop dredge fishing vessel training observers on duties and responsibilities.

Scallop observer taking scallop shell heights. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Observers monitor the bycatch of finfish in the scallop fishery. They collect biological information to inform stock assessments. They observe and report interactions of the scallop fishery with endangered or threatened species, such as sea turtles.  

Approved Scallop Observer Provider Companies

Independent third-party monitoring of at-sea catch is required under existing fishery regulations. To become an approved sea scallop observer provider please refer to Code of Federal Regulations, §648.11— At-sea sea sampler/observer coverage.

Reports and Monitoring

The sea scallop fishing year runs April-March.These reports (all PDFs,1 pg) track observer coverage assignment, achieved coverage, and the desired target coverage rates for the Scallop Access and Open areas :

Last updated by Northeast Fisheries Science Center on July 29, 2020