Rottnest Island Scallops
A boutique fishery’s harvest
The 2015 season start to be advised on completion of stock assessment
“Scallops are notoriously sensitive to the weather, and the last two year's warmer sea temperatures caused by the Marine Heatwave on the Western Australian coast, has had an impact on the fishery, so we have decided to let stocks rebuild" said One Sea Director, Clayton Nelson.
“The sustainability of the fishery is our paramount concern, which is why every year we work in partnership with the scientists from the Department of Fisheries and survey the stock several times to ensure it is at optimum quality before we open the season, and then continue to monitor it during the season.
“Traditionally we close the season sometime in October when we first detect the scallops are starting to spawn, but this year have decided to close the season early and give the fishery a longer time to replenish. Fresh Rottnest Island scallop will not be available until the new season in 2015," said Mr Nelson.
One Sea Pty Ltd is a small Western Australian fishing company harvesting Rottnest Island Scallops, Geographe Bay Scallops, Rottnest Island King Prawns, whiting and flathead.
It is the ultimate boutique wild fishery.
When fishing, the skipper and crew will return, each fishing day, early in the morning to Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour to hand over their harvest for processing. It is delivered mid-morning, the same day, to restaurants and retailers and air expressed for next day delivery on the east coast.
In season, you simply can’t buy fresher, more exquisite, local sustainable seafood.
For information on the Fishing Industry's views on the Commonwealth Government's Marine Reserve Network please visit the National Seafood Industry Alliance www.seafoodforaustralia.com.au
Check out our latest video on the status of Rottnest Island Scallops, DoF Scallop Survey 29th of March 2016 HERE.