GULF COUNTY/ST. JOSEPH BAY ONLY (includes all waters west of St. Vincent Island through the west bank of Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County):

  • Do not boat, swim, or scallop in areas marked with FWC buoys. Restoration efforts underway. The restoration area is a 10-acre square located in the south west section of the bay just south of Black's Island. Map of No-Entry Area. Adobe PDF




Bay Scallop: Argopecten irradians

Florida Recreational Regulations:

Regulations Bay Scallop Harvest Zone (West end of St. Vincent Island through Pasco-Hernando County line) Gulf County (includes all waters west of St. Vincent Island through the west bank of Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County)
Minimum Size Limit  None 
Daily Bag Limit

2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person

Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel

40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less
Season* Open June 25 - Sept. 24  Open Aug. 22 - Sept. 5, 2016 (Labor Day) 

*Season opens the Saturday before July 1 unless July 1 falls on a Saturday, then the opening date would be July 1.

Commercial harvest prohibited.

Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are 1. exempt from needing a license or 2. have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading to collect scallops (i.e. feet do not leave bottom to swim, snorkel, or SCUBA).  

Bay Scallop Harvest Zone:

 scallop zone map

Bay scallops may only be harvested in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando County line (near Aripeka - latitude 28 degrees, 26.016 minutes North) to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County (longitude 85 degrees, 25.84 minutes West).

It is illegal to possess 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 onboard.

Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: Harvest permitted by hand or landing or dip net

State Waters Harvest Seasons


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