Those diving for scallops are required to display a dive flag
The most obvious rule of self-protection is to display a dive flag
of correct size at the highest point on your boat.
Your boat must display a dive flag
(20 inches by 24 or larger, with a stiffener, flown from the highest point of the boat, but only when the boat is anchored and divers are in the water).
This collapsible/inflatable dive flag
can easily be packed and taken with you to any worldwide destination.
The irritating part was the dive flag
and gear that began to get put in place.
Divers in the water are extremely hard to see, so a dive flag
is essential both on a boat and for divers.
One of the most important pieces of gear for boaters going after scallops (besides masks and fins) is an approved dive flag
Other rules that apply include the need for a recreational saltwater fishing license for everyone participating who would normally need a license, and a dive flag
requirement for letting other boaters know you've got divers in the water.
A good dive mask, snorkel, fins to help you move through the water, a dive flag
, gloves to protect your hands when you grab the spiny lobster, a measuring gauge that must be with you whenever you are lobstering, a lobster net, a tickle stick to tickle the lobster out of its hole and into your lobster net, a lobster bag to put your catch into, and if you're diving--dive tanks, weights, regulator, BCD, gauges, knife and more.