Stonington father-and-son team Marsden and Bob Brewer are raising scallops in Penobscot Bay using the Japanese method of lantern nets. The Maine Department of Marine Resources recently approved a three-year, 3.23-acre experimental lease for Bob Brewer that will allow them to continue experimenting and expanding. Their first scallops will be on the market in December.
Farm-raised scallops do not have to meet the 4-inch size requirement of wild scallops.
A farm-raised “princess” scallop is smaller than wild-caught scallops.
Bob Brewer inspects lantern nets raised from longlines in his Penobscot Bay lease site.