it's kind of a complicated question: wild scallops are probably better quality, though taylor is a terrific aquaculture company (i buy their oysters all the time). the problem with wild scallops is how they're harvested. if they're not hand-harvested ("diver" scallops), they're collected by huge mechanical "rakes" that are dragged across the bottom and damage or destroy anything in their path. if they are hand-harvested, they are going to be very expensive. this is one case where aquaculture is probably going to be a significant player. plus, by farming filter feeders, it can actually clean up areas rather than increase the pollution. a good buddy of mine works for taylor and he's about the most knowledgeable seafood guy i know. i believe tom douglas uses their scallops, so they can't be that bad.