King scallop assessment areas in Scotland
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For the purposes of Marine Scotland Science’s (MSS) stock assessments, the king scallop (Pecten maximus) grounds around Scotland are divided into assessment areas (previously known as ‘Management areas’) which are defined on the basis of ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) statistical rectangles. As in previous assessments, rectangle 40E4 is divided into two data components, one from the east side of the Mull of Kintyre and one from the west side. This allows for a clearer distinction between the West of Kintyre and Clyde scallop stocks.