500 pounds of scallops sell in two hours off Martha Rose

Menemsha goes old school on a Saturday morning.


Wes Brighton’s 77-foot scalloper, Martha Rose, is bringing sea scallops to its home port of Menemsha in a new way — straight off the boat with no intermediary. Saturday morning the vessel sold 500 pounds of scallops in two hours. Brighton had intended to offer scallops from 9 am to 1 pm but by 11 am, his hold was empty. The scallops were sold at $18 per one pound bag or $75 for a five pound box. Check, Venmo, or cash was accepted.  

“I was really thrilled to sell directly to the community,” Brighton said. 

For safety’s sake, Brighton solely handled payments and three crew members handed out the scallops. Social distancing markers kept folks apart. Brighton said one Menemsha resident praised him for his social distancing measures. 

In a grim economic time, the dockside sales help the Martha Rose remain a functional scalloping vessel, Brighton said.

The Martha Rose is expected to return to Menemsha with another catch Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

“I hope to keep it going as long as people want them,” Brighton said. 




  1. Great, love this. Let us keep up the selling of seafood, fish, etc., from the boats after this pandemic is over. Let us all support this for the future.

    • In what used to be called “normal” times, scallops would be sold to wholesalers, trucked off island to New Bedford or Boston, and maybe later brought back to the island. The benefit of direct sale off the boats is obvious. It used to be called “shack”.

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