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Two of the largest species of scallops in the world are found along Oregon’s coast, Weathervane and Rock Scallops.
Featured Shellfish - Scallops


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Scallops

Weathervane Scallops

Weathervane scallops (Patinopecten caurinus) are found on sandy substrates in deep waters (100-600 feet). This species provided a once booming commercial fishery in the early 1980s. The weathervane scallop fishery was depleted and no longer profitable by early 1990s. Since that time, the gear used in the fishery (dredge) has been deemed illegal due to its impact on essential fish habitat. There are no recent fishery efforts on this species in Oregon.

 

Weathervane scallop
Weathervane Scallop

Rock Scallops

The rock scallop (Crassedoma giganteum)  lives in the swift current shallows of Oregon’s nearshore rocky reefs. Rock scallops are often harvested by recreational divers.

purple hinge on rock scallop
Rock Scallop

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