NEW:

  • There has been no decision at this time to cancel the scallop season in Gulf County.
  • We are continuing to collect data, evaluating information, and working closely with the Gulf County community.
  • We will host two workshops in the Port St. Joe area on May 24 and June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Capital City Bank conference room, 2nd floor, 504 Monument Ave. to gather public input and bring this issue before the Commission in June.
  • Based on the most current scallop monitoring data, numbers indicate the St. Joseph Bay scallop population was severely impacted by the 2015 red tide event that occurred in that area.

 

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Bay Scallop: Argopecten irradians

Florida Recreational Regulations:

Regulations Bay Scallop Harvest Zone
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

Season* Open June 25 - Sept. 24

*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:

 Bay 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

 

Links to more Bay Scallop information:



FWC Facts:
Gulf sturgeon are considered anadromous, from the Greek, meaning fishes that travel back and forth between fresh and salt water.

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