This is a spat bag full of baby scallops. They will be the new crop of farm-raised scallops. That means they will live for some years protected in lantern nets. Their diet will be their usual plankton, supplied naturally by the sea around them. That same sea carries away their waste products to feed the organisms that live on the bottom of the bay.
Everything about the way we do scallop farming is at an appropriate scale. Marsden and Bob use their fishing boat to go collect the scallop spat which have settled in the spat bags and to tend their leases. We who live around Penobscot Bay tend the health of the bay. The bay nourishes its ecosystem organisms and they in turn nourish us.
This is a system we can feel good about. What a way to start the new year!