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
- Industry-Funded Scallop Observer Program Call-In Guide
(download pdf, 1pg)
- Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan
- Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Limited Access General Category Scallop Vessel Allocations for 2019 Fishing Year
- Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Fishing Year 2019 Observer Set-Aside Compensation Rates
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 :