What Makes These Scallops So Special?

Fishing for Scallops off the Maine Coast

Scallops expedited from Maine waters to your door.

I’m bringing Maine Dayboat Scallops to Manhattan this Thursday, April 24 (pick-up location to be determined). For more information, please check Today’s Catch Blog. 

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These scallops are caught by small boats fishing day trips (leaving and returning the same day) within three miles of Maine’s rocky coast.  The boat’s crew shucks the scallops, rinses them with sea water to remove bits of shell or sand, and brings them to me.  I sort through them that night and pack them in containers bound for you.  Containers are marked with the date and location of harvest as well as the fisherman’s name and the name of his vessel so you know who’s responsible for providing these delicious scallops.  They’re shipped the night they’re caught or the next day,  or I bring them to you personally within 48 hours.

Having worked in the restaurant industry for almost 20 years, I appreciate the supremacy of a truly fresh product.   Having managed Maine’s scallop fishery for four years, I came to realize the price paid to a Maine fisherman for the scallops he caught 4 hours ago was generally set by the much larger offshore fishery, comprised of boats that often stay at sea well over a week.  This impacts the resource, as Maine’s fishermen are hesitant to further reduce harvest levels in the face of an uncertain price.  It doesn’t have to be this way: bringing scallops directly from fisherman to chef could benefit restaurants, fishermen, consumers, and the resource. So I quit my job managing scallops and began marketing them.

Try these scallops.  You’ll taste the difference a day makes.

Maine’s state water fishery has closed and will reopen in December.  Currently a very limited amount of fresh Maine Dayboat Scallops are available from the Federal waters of the Northern Gulf of Maine.

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