For fans of sea scallops, this is a special time of year, with fresh-off-the boat dry scallops on ice at local markets. New Jersey is one of the leading suppliers of sea scallops, harvesting $91.454 million worth in 2008, according to the latest data available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That figure translates into 13.297 million pounds of the succulent shellfish. How does New Jersey compare with its maritime neighbors? New York brought ashore 783,000 pounds ($5.045 million), while Massachusetts took pride of place with 27.056 million pounds ($190.217 million). Given New Jersey’s stature among scallop producers, it’s only fitting that the state Department of Agriculture has a recipe for Jersey Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Fennel and Bacon posted to its website.
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