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Featured Shellfish - Scallops

Featured Shellfish January 2013


Though a few other species exist in Oregon, two are particularily of interest to harvesters.


Rock scallops
two rock scallops


Rock Scallops

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

Due to the coloration at its hinge, it is also known as the "puple hinged scallop".

A free harvest card is now required to collect rock scallops, information related to that can be found here:

Link to more information on rock scallops and harvest card


purple hinge on rock scallop
Rock Scallop

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


Spiny Pink Scallop:

The small, spiny pink scallop (Chlamys hastata), is found occasionally intertidally, but more commonly in calmer depths.

Given its small size (typically less than 3 inches), and its paucity these are not commonly harvested.

spiny pink scallop
Spiny Pink Scallop



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