Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Bottom otter trawl, Mechanic dredges, Dredges
The stock of queen scallop is currently being overfished. The stock estimate is often an overestimation, wherefore the determined catch limits are too high.
The fishing with dredges or bottom otter trawls has a lot of bycatch of protected and endangered species, like sharks, rays and sea horses. Another large part of the bycatch consists invertabrates. There are indications that dredges permanently damage the seabed.
A large amount of regulatory measures are being taken due to the high economic and ecologic value of queen scallop. The management consists of closed areas, catch limits and a limited amount of allowed fishing vessels.