Boats lined up all night out there. Brrr 10°. What’s happening?
I saw them on the way home last night, and this morning the same.
Winter I season commercial fishing includes sea scallops. High winds and dropped temperatures bring the boats back.
2013 Boston Globe John Dyer article Scallops giving New Bedford fishermen a welcome break Eastern Fisheries shipping fleet etc out of New Bedford
NOAA Atlantic Sea Scallop regulations 2016 interactive map
Cold out there!! and so complicated !
Exemption. Vessels permitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to commercially harvest and land Atlantic sea scallops may possess and land more than the state possession and daily landing limits provided: a. The vessel transits directly through the waters under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth for the purpose of landing sea scallops; b. The vessel makes no stops unless otherwise directed by the Massachusetts Environmental Police for the purpose of boarding and inspection; c. The dredge gear is out of the water and properly stowed on board; and d. The vessel, crew, gear and catch is otherwise in compliance with the applicable federal regulations.
Sea Scallop Februry 27 2017 state memo