Mysterious Die-Off Of Scallops Seen In Peconics Is Worst Since Infamous 'Brown Tides' - 27 East

Mysterious Die-Off Of Scallops Seen In Peconics Is Worst Since Infamous ‘Brown Tides’

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Scientists say that as much as 95 percent of adult bay scallops in the Peconics died mysteriously mid-summer. Thousands of empty shells, like this one photographed by Cornell Cooperative Extension researchers, is all that remains of a once giant set of scallops.

Scientists say that as much as 95 percent of adult bay scallops in the Peconics died mysteriously mid-summer. Thousands of empty shells, like this one photographed by Cornell Cooperative Extension researchers, is all that remains of a once giant set of scallops.

Greg Verity and Sara Miranda shucking scallops Mr. Verity caught in Orient on Monday.

Greg Verity and Sara Miranda shucking scallops Mr. Verity caught in Orient on Monday. Michael Wright

Dr. Stephen Tettelbach has been conducting bi-annual surveys of wild bay scallop populations for two decades. This year's surveys revealed a massive die-off of the scallops in the Peconics.

Dr. Stephen Tettelbach has been conducting bi-annual surveys of wild bay scallop populations for two decades. This year's surveys revealed a massive die-off of the scallops in the Peconics. Charity Robey

All that is left of the two bags of scallops that came into  Cor-J Seafood in Hampton Bays on Monday.  DANA SHAW

All that is left of the two bags of scallops that came into Cor-J Seafood in Hampton Bays on Monday. DANA SHAW

Danny Coronesi at Cor-J Seafood in Hampton Bays. DANA SHAW

Danny Coronesi at Cor-J Seafood in Hampton Bays. DANA SHAW

authorMichael Wright on Nov 4, 2019
A massive and mysterious die-off of bay scallops over the past summer wiped out as much of 95 percent of the valuable and iconic shellfish in parts of the Peconic... more

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