Peconic Bay scallop outlook darkens as the season approaches


Peconic Bay is known for its fresh scallops.

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Peconic Bay scallop harvest prospects for the 2021 scallop harvest to pick up again this year, experts say, are darkening ahead of the shellfish season opening in November.

Despite efforts to step up stocking of young scallops in the bay and the first signs of hope during the summer, adult scallops appear to be heading for a third consecutive annual mass mortality.

“We are seeing high mortality of adult scallops at most of our monitoring sites in Peconic Bays,” said Dr Stephen Tettelbach, shell ecologist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension marine program, who assessed scallop mortality rates. adults at 64-99. % in mid-August.

As Dan’s papers reported, federal officials recently declared last year’s Peconic Bay scallop fishery a disaster for the second time in two years.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation blamed the deaths on high summer water temperatures, low dissolved oxygen, physiological stress in spawning adult scallops, and an outbreak of coccidial parasite. Predation by rays from the cow’s nose is also believed to be a contributing factor, the agency said.

Peconic Bay scallops and their steep price (sometimes $ 30 a pound) have made scallops a staple of not only local cuisine, but the East End economy as well.

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