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King & Queen Scallop {Pecten maximus, Aequipecten opercularis}

A great favourite with professional chefs and keen home cooks, the king scallop has a sweet, delicate flavour and meaty texture. It’s abundant around Scotland, where it lives down to depths of more than 100m. King scallops can grow to 17 cm across, and live for up to 20 years. At Macduff, we prepare and supply king scallops as whole shell, half-shell and meat - fresh or frozen. 

Queen scallops are a different species, not just little specimens. They’re much smaller than king scallops, growing to about nine centimetres when they’re between six and eight years old. They’re found all around the UK, with the main fisheries in the Irish Sea and English Channel. We produce queen scallops as whole shell, half-shell and meat - fresh or frozen.

 

Macduff Scallop

Fishing Technique

King and queen scallops have different habits, so we use different gear to catch them.

King scallops tend to bury themselves into the sand when they’re disturbed, so we use a spring-loaded dredge - known as a Newhaven - to rake them up from the seabed. Queen scallops are more active swimmers and are normally caught using towed fishing gear.

At Macduff we operate our own vessels - in fact ours is the largest scallop fleet in Europe. The boats have been specifically built and equipped to fish only for scallops, and they allow us to fish in a controlled, targeted manner. This ensures a more reliable supply of top quality wild scallops, and a responsible, sustainable harvest.



Scallop fishing

Processing

At Macduff we meet the boats at the quayside to ensure the scallops get to our processing plant as quickly as possible, and with the minimum of handling. Once they arrive at Mintlaw, they’re washed, opened and shucked by our highly-skilled staff, leaving pristine nuggets of beautiful scallop flesh to be packed fresh or frozen.

The process for queen scallops is almost the same, although much of our queen scallop product is packed and sold without the orange ‘coral’ or roe.

Quota

EU legislation controls fisheries through a variety of measures under the Common Fisheries Policy:

  • TAC (Total Allowable Catch)
  • Fishing Effort
  • Technical Measures

King and queen scallops are not subject to TAC or quota restrictions. The fishing fleet is subject to controls on fishing effort, designed to restrict the number of boats in the fishing fleet and the number of days boats can spend fishing. There are also technical measures designed to cover how and where boats can fish. Under the CFP, technical measures include minimum landing sizes, minimum mesh sizes for nets, closed areas and seasons, limits on by-catches, requirement to use more selective fishing gear and measures to prevent damage to the marine environment.

Product range

Scallop Range

At Macduff we produce king and queen scallops in a number of formats:

  • Fresh scallop meat.
  • Frozen scallop meat.
  • Frozen scallop in the whole or half shell.
  • All products are available in a number of pack sizes to suit customer and market requirements.

Call us for more information.

If you are interested in purchasing from us:

Call +44 (0)1771 624000
sales@macduffshellfish.co.uk