Mano de Leon Diver Scallops

Scallops are traditionally caught by dragging the seabed, but there is a trade in scuba diving to catch scallops. They are hand-caught on the ocean floor, as opposed the majority of the scallop harvest which are dredged and dragged across the sea floor, causing them to collect sand. As a result, diver scallops tend to be less gritty than the traditionally harvested crop. They are also more ecologically friendly, as the harvesting method is sustainable and does not cause damage to undersea flora. In addition, the normal harvesting methods can cause delays of up to two weeks before they arrive at market, which can cause the flesh to break down and result in a much shorter shelf life.

Scallop divers day boat

Scallop divers

Scallops in divers hands