Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Remember it starts the last Saturday in June and ends September 10 in the Gulf areas. You must have a fishing license. This is for the Gulf Coast Region.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Bay Scallops are found in the sea-grass beds in the blue lined area. Their means of locomotion is by opening and closing their shells. Bottom dwellers, they can be found in 4-8 feet of water.

So you can start making your scalloping plans. You need a mask, snorkel, and fins or water shoes, gloves are good too, to enjoy this sport.  Check out the regulations and other areas at Florida Fish and Wildlife

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Just a reminder: It is illegal to have bay scallops on waters outside open harvest areas. It is also illegal to land scallops outside open harvest areas. For example, it would be legal to take scallops from waters off the Hernando County coast, but it would be illegal to dock your boat in Pasco County with the scallop catch on board.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017Argopecten irradians (Bay Scallop)
courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife

The harvest limit is 2 gallons per person per day or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. Total maximum is 10 gallons of scallops (in shell) or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. Beds are located mostly in shallow waters and is permitted by hand or dip net.

The bay scallop is a member of the shellfish family. Spawning occurs at 1 year of age and in the fall, when the weather is cool. Unfortunately, only 1 egg out of 12 million will survive to live a full life, and in Florida they usually only live 1 year.  So, count yourself lucky to catch them.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Florida’s shallow waters used to be teeming with the tasty little guys but water quality and over-hunting has affected the population.  Florida Fish and Wildlife began restricting  (1998) harvesting to only recreational use. This seems to be working as an increase in population occurred. 

According to  Scalloping Crystal River: Scalloping is like hunting for Easter eggs.

View a scallop post here to see a video.

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Author: Toni Weidman

Experience Counts! I have been selling homes in West Pasco and Pinellas counties-Florida for over 25 years. Craig & I run Trinity Pets Yappy Hour for animal rescues. And a Broker-associate with Sailwinds Realty, Trinity. Craig and I run Trinity Pet Sitters LLC.