Scallop Sales Will Fund 17 Marine Science Research Projects

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says the sale of scallops will help pay for 17 projects related to fisheries and marine science.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the money is coming from the scallop “research set-aside program.”

The agency says the projects are awarded pounds of scallops that have been “set aside” for this purpose. Applicants partner up with fishermen to harvest the set-aside award to generate money for their research.

NOAA says this year’s awards are expected to generate more than $15 million. One of the projects will allow Coonamessett Farm Foundation of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, to research the impact of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery on loggerhead sea turtles.

Another will allow UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology to measure swimming capacity of flounder species.

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