The F/V Aaron Melissa preparing to offload fresh, Gulf of Maine groundfish at Pier #1 of the Exchange
Containers of groundfish are stacked & iced onto pallets in the backfield and tagged with the bar coded label
Completed ‘lots’ of groundfish are arranged & displayed in the Exchange’s temperature controlled cooler for inspection by registered buyers
Buyers and sellers are seated at the Exchanges auction room computers preparing for the Internet Auction
The Exchange provides after-auction reprocessing services for our buyer clients to expedite shipments to larger metropolitan cities
Exchange staff ‘steaking’ large pollock for boxing and shipment to the New Fulton Market in New York
The Exchange expedites loading buyers and LTL carriers using our fleet of forklifts and powered pallet jacks
MEG WILCOX SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
A unique international partnership is helping entrepreneurs in Maine bring sustainable, farmed sea scallops to the U.S. market.
Bangs Island Mussels’ farm manager Jon Gorman heads out on Casco Bay, off of Portland, Maine, in a blue and white fishing boat named Le Cozze(Italian for mussels). He motors past one of the rafts where the company is growing mussels and on to a more unusual venture: Bangs Island’s new sea scallop farm.
Gorman cuts the engine and drops the anchor, under the watchful eyes of harbor seals lounging on a nearby island. Scallops need cold, nutrient-dense water to grow, and Maine’s protected bays provide the ideal environment.
Cranking a winch, Gorman and his crew pull up a taut, algae-covered rope from the depths of Casco Bay’s gray water. Leaning over the side, they haul out a lantern net, a long, box-shaped structure that serves as a scallop nursery, onto the deck. Gorman reaches into one of the lantern net’s 10 compartments and pulls out a handful of golden-brown scallop shells, about the size of old-fashioned silver dollars. rest of story