Feasibility of the Development of Aquaculture in the State of New Hampshire: A Case Study of the Sea Scallop, Placopecten magellanicus

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Students Involved:

Timothy Famulare UNH - Department of Biological Sciences
Ellen Fermanis UNH - Department of Biological Sciences
Ian McMillan UNH - Department of Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Advisors:

Larry Harris UNH - Department of Biological Sciences
William Brownell

Due to the declining conditions of traditional marine fisheries in New Hampshire, the feasibility of aquaculture development in this state was studied. A model organism, the sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus, was selected, and stake holders representing various facets of the New Hampshire seacoast community were interviewed, including representatives of fishermen, state planning agencies, regional planning agencies, academia and cooperative extension agencies. In addition, the regulation of aquaculture in New Hampshire, surrounding coastal states and Canadian provinces was researched. Operating scallop farms in Nova Scotia were visited.

This data was synthesized to evaluate the potential for aquaculture of Placopecten magellanicus in New Hampshire. It is our conclusion that aquaculture is not only feasible in the NH coastal zone, but that it offers many benefits to coastal communities and the state. These results clearly illustrate the regulating factors which need to be considered, methods available to operate an aquaculture farm, the high amount of community support, and, finally, the feasibility of P. magellanicus aquaculture in both Portsmouth Harbor and the coastal waters between New Hampshire and the Isles of Shoals. Furthermore, the benefits from an aquaculture operation are discussed, which incorporate the economic stability that aquaculture can offer to the community. Recommendations were also made to feasibly facilitate the development of aquaculture in New Hampshire.


Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant


  • Feasibility of the development of aquaculture in the state of New Hampshire: a case study of the sea scallop, "Placopecten magellanicus" (1997). Timothy Famulare, Ellen Fermanis and Ian McMillan. Advisors: Larry Harris and William Brownell.