Scallop season didn't begin with its usual bang the first Monday in November thanks to Hurricane Sandy, but fish markets and restaurant menus are stocked with the cold-weather shellfish in time for the holidays.
Before the hurricane, scientists who study bay scallops had been finding many empty shells, known as "cluckers," in scallop grounds that had promised a bumper crop.
Then, when the hurricane hit, the state DEC pushed off opening day to Nov. 13 due to potential water contamination because of the storm's flood tide. Many areas in the eastern Peconics were opened sooner after the DEC determined that the water was clean, and the few scallopers who ventured out found plenty of live scallops among the empty shells.
But Phillip Tocci, Riverhead's "Clam Man" who runs a shellfish stand on the north side of Route 58, said many baymen have told him they're having trouble selling the scallops they have, because of public concern over whether they're safe to eat.
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