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Farming scallops

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.

Measuring scallops

Measuring scallops

Farm-raised scallops do not have to meet the 4-inch size requirement of wild scallops.

Photo courtesy of Marsden Brewer

Princess scallop

Princess scallop

A farm-raised “princess” scallop is smaller than wild-caught scallops.

Photo courtesy of Marsden Brewer

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Bob Brewer

Bob Brewer

Bob Brewer inspects lantern nets raised from longlines in his Penobscot Bay lease site.

Photo courtesy of Marsden Brewer