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Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey

Populations of bay scallops are surveyed annually by FWRI scientists around the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers search along a 300 m transect line using SCUBA and count all scallops within 1 m on both sides of the transect. Populations within open and closed recreational harvest areas are surveyed each year.

Scientists measure the shell length of 30 scallops along each transect to compare maturity between populations and between years.

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