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6 m) long, began to replace catboats in the bay scalloping fleets when outboard motors became available in the late 1930's.
When this lift became available, some fishermen used heavier dredges, up to 55 pounds empty, this weight being the maximum legal limit for dredges used for scalloping in some towns.
Some of the scalloping boats were used for blue crabbing and finfishing in other seasons (Smith (2); Willis (8)).
Anchor roading was perhaps the most labor-intensive type of bay scalloping.
Nantucket bay scalloping began on a larger scale using catboats under sail in the late fall of 1879 (Fig.
In recent decades, the Nantucket bay scalloping fleet has varied in size, following the trend in scallop abundances.
Bay scalloping began on Martha's Vineyard in 1875 (Belding, 1910).
The permanent residents have not felt much of an economic pinch, because alternate jobs have become available, especially in the building and tourist trades, for people who might have been engaged in scalloping.
For a complete overview of scalloping rules and regulations, click on www.
In a nutshell (or a scallop shell, for that matter), scalloping isn't difficult, but there are a few basic things to know before you head out searching for them this summer.
It's probably a good idea, even for scalloping veterans, to carefully review the rules and regulations, found online at: www.
In some areas where darker water is the norm, particularly Yankeetown, Cedar Key, Suwannee and much of Apalachicola Bay, scalloping isn't considered a worthwhile effort.