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Florida Scalloping Season 2014

Bay Scallop scalloping season 2014 blue eyes

                                                                        Photo Claire Sunquist ©

Scallop season is here! Beginning June 28th and continuing through Sept. 24th, you can harvest scallops by hand or with a landing net. The daily limit is 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person.

Most people use a boat to get out to the good scalloping areas, but the water is so shallow you can also collect them by wading and searching for them with a mask and snorkel.

Scalloping by wading in Florida Steinhatchee

                                                                       Photo Fiona Sunquist ©

The scallops are easiest to see around midday when they move up to sit on top of the sea grass. Divers and snorkelers must display a "divers-down" flag (red with a white diagonal stripe) while in the water.

Scallop in the hand in the sea grass

                                                                  Photo Claire Sunquist ©

If you are scalloping from a boat, you will need a Florida saltwater fishing license. If you are wading from shore, you need a regular Florida saltwater fishing license or a shore-based license.


Click here for more information about scallops.


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