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Scallop Boats in New Bedford
Where We Stand
An outline of our principles for a leasing option in the LA scallop fishery.

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Scallop Boats in New Bedford
Leasing in the LA Scallop Fishery Fact Sheet
As scoping sessions begin, the Scallopers Campaign offers this guide to the issue.

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Scallop Boats in New Bedford
New England council considers leasing proposal for scallop fishery
The New Bedford Light

Supporters say leasing will improve efficiency, cut operating costs and conserve energy.

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Scallop Fishing
A Step Forward for Flexibility

NEFMC Commits to Scoping a Scallop Leasing Option in 2022 – At its final meeting of 2021, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) unanimously voted to make scoping of a leasing option in the limited access (LA) scallop fishery a priority for 2022.

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Scallop Fishing
Scalloping: A Truly “Limited Access” Fishery

It isn’t easy at the bottom of any fishery. When you start out, you’re supposed to pay your dues, earn your share and patiently grow your operation. I can tell you first-hand that when it comes to the limited access Atlantic sea scallop fishery, this is doubly true.

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Scallop Fishing
Taking the Lead on Climate

The red flag has gone up! It may be too late to stop the glaciers from melting and sea levels from rising, but it’s not too late for all of us to make a difference. Fishery managers at every level must integrate climate change as part of their decision-making process.

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NEI Assessment: Leasing Would Yield Economic and Climate Benefits
The Scallopers Campaign engaged Northern Economics, Inc. to prepare a data-driven assessment on the potential impacts of leasing in the Limited Access Sea Scallop Fishery. Data analysis for the assessment was conducted during the first half of 2021 and focused on the potential impacts among the 250 standard, full-time, LA-permitted vessels. The assessment used the LA leasing concept outlined by our principles as the basis for analysis.

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Scallop Fishing
High and Dry – The NE Council Leaves Scallopers at the Dock, Again
Something is off track at the New England Fishery Management Council, where scallopers are shut out and frustrated. Just a few months ago, the Council was finalizing its 2021 priorities and considering the recommendations of its advisory panels and committees.

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Scallop Fishing
Time for change in the Atlantic scallop fishery
National Fisherman

The Atlantic sea scallop fishery is a success story, at least in terms of stock rebuilding and biological sustainability. From an efficiency perspective, however, the fishery is off course.

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Key Findings from the Scallopers Campaign Vessel Owner Survey
This summer, the Scallopers Campaign conducted an online survey of Limited Access scallop vessel owners. Twenty-nine owners, holding 172 permits (50% of the fleet), took the survey, yielding detailed information that will inform the AP, Committee and Council regarding the development of a voluntary leasing program.

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Scallopers Campaign Issues Statement
The Scallopers Campaign recently developed an Issues Statement to describe the purpose and need for an action on leasing within the LA fishery. We included our principles for a leasing program and possible objectives for the Council to consider.

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US scallop volumes, prices rising more than three months into 2020 season
Undercurrent News

Movie theaters might be closed all over the world, but it’s not too late to enjoy the unexpected at-home-theater hit that is the 2020 Atlantic scallop season.

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Scallop prices took 30 percent price hit from covid-19
National Fisherman

It is yet to be determined how things will play out for Atlantic sea scallops, but so far anecdotal reports indicate scallop prices had been down 30 percent or more around New Bedford, Mass.

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Campaign Letter to Council
The Scallopers Campaign updated Executive Director Tom Nies on our efforts to advance a leasing program in 2021.

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Seafood prices have dropped, but Southcoast fishermen still fish amid pandemic
SouthCoastToday

The price of scallops is also holding steady, according to scalloper Eric Hansen. “I wouldn’t say [the prices] are great, but they’re steady,” Hansen said.

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New England panel asks for emergency action to aid scallop fishermen
The Boston Globe

A regulatory panel that oversees East Coast fishing is requesting the federal government take some emergency actions to benefit the scallop fishery.

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NEFMC postpones final action on groundfishing changes, pursues COVID-19 impact options
SeafoodSource

For the scallop fishery, the council made recommendations, to the National Marine Fishery Service, that secretarial emergency actions be taken, …

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