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2008-06-19 12:00:34

By Melissa Allison, Seattle Times Jun. 19--Greenpeace stirred the waters of the seafood industry this week with a report rating seafood buying practices at 20 of the nation's largest supermarket chains. One industry group called the report garbage, and federal regulators said it contains errors. The environmental activist group wants to hold stores accountable for "their role in supporting unsustainable fisheries," according to a news release. The ratings focus on overfishing and other...

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2007-03-29 15:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Overfishing of powerful sharks - a top predator in the ocean - may endanger bay scallops, a gourmet delicacy. With fewer sharks to devour them, skates and rays have increased sharply along the East Coast and they are gobbling up shellfish, particularly bay scallops, researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Ecologists have known that reducing key species on land can affect an entire ecosystem, but this study provides hard data for the same thing in the ocean,...

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2005-08-23 07:17:56

PORTLAND, Maine -- A survey of Cobscook Bay has uncovered the presence of sea squirts, an invasive species that scientists fear could overwhelm valuable shellfish beds and alter the marine ecosystem, researchers said Monday. The survey this month confirmed an initial sighting of Didemnum, a type of sea squirt that has rapidly colonized on Georges Bank fishing ground. The concern is that sea squirts can quickly overrun the ocean's bottom, covering everything from rocks to scallops and...


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Pecten Maximus
2013-04-17 11:46:39

The “Great Scallop” or “King Scallop”, Pecten maximus, is a species of scallop, an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This particular scallop is the type species of the genus. Pecten maximus may in fact be conspecific with Pecten jacobaeus, the “Pilgrim’s Scallop”, which as a much more restricted distribution. Royal Dutch Shell, an energy corporation, derives its highly recognizable logo from this specific...

Japanese Baking Scallop, Pecten albicans
2013-04-16 21:04:03

Pecten albicans, the common name being Japanese baking scallop, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This species has a shell with the potential of reaching a size of 95 millimeters, with about 12 radiating ribs. The surface coloration usually ranges from light to dark brown, but it may also be orange or purple. The lower valve is less convex than in Pecten excavatus. Pecten albicans is commercially used in the Japanese Sea and in the...

The New Zealand Scallop, Pecten novaezealandiae
2013-04-16 20:58:39

The New Zealand Scallop, Pecten novaezealandiae, is a bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This scallop is a native to New Zealand. It can be found in the North Island, Stewart Island, South Island, and the Chatham Islands. It is usually seen on sand, silt, and mud from low tide level to over 90 meters. Large populations can be found at depths of between 10 and 25 meters. This species is entirely free-living, mobile and somewhat migratory. The two valves on...

Spear Scallop, Chlamys hastata
2013-04-16 20:52:10

Chlamys hastata, otherwise known as the spear scallop, spiny scallop, or swimming scallop, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae. This species can be found on the west coast of North America from the Gulf of Alaska to San Diego, California. A limited amount of these scallops are harvested by divers or by narrow trawls off of the west coast of Canada. The spiny scallop resides on the seabed in the sublittoral zone between low tide mark and a depth reaching 490...

The Variegated Scallop, Chlamys varia
2013-04-16 20:46:42

The Variegated Scallop, Chlamys varia, is a species of small scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This species of scallop can be found in the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Red Sea. The scallop is a shallow-living species, residing up to about 100 meters in depth along coastal rocky areas. The shell ranges in color from white, pink, red, yellow, orange, or purple. Both valves are symmetrical except for the...

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