Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey
FWRI biologist Sarah Stephenson, searchers for bay scallops in a
seagrass bed offshore of Citrus County (open to recreational
harvest). Seagrass beds in the vicinity of Crystal River and
Homosassa Springs are typically good harvest areas.
Populations of bay scallops are surveyed annually by FWRI
scientists around the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers search along a
300 m transect line using SCUBA and count all scallops within 1 m
on both sides of the transect. Populations within open and closed
recreational harvest areas are surveyed each year.
Image Credit: FWC