Florida Scalloping (FWC)

Florida Scalloping Season Kicks Off, Promising Fun And Fresh Seafood

Florida Scalloping (FWC)
Florida Scalloping (FWC)

Scallop enthusiasts across Florida are gearing up as the highly anticipated scalloping season officially begins in select zones. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced the opening dates for different regions, with the Fenholloway-Suwannee River Zone leading the way, starting tomorrow, June 15th.

This zone, encompassing all state waters in Dixie County and portions of Taylor and Levy Counties, including popular spots like Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee, will be open for harvest through Labor Day (September 2nd).

Scallopers in this zone can look forward to bag limits of 1 gallon of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 cup shucked meat per person from June 15th to June 30th, which increases to 2 gallons whole or 1 pint shucked per person from July 1st through Labor Day.

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Other zones will follow suit in the coming weeks, with the Franklin-NW Taylor County and Levy, Citrus, and Hernando Counties Zone starting on July 1st, the Pasco County Zone on July 10th, and the Gulf County Zone on August 1st. Each zone boasts unique underwater landscapes and scallop populations, offering diverse experiences for both novice and experienced scallopers.

Scalloping, a popular summertime activity in Florida, involves snorkeling or diving in shallow waters to collect these delectable bivalve mollusks. It is a fun and family-friendly activity that combines outdoor adventure with the reward of fresh, delicious seafood.

The FWC reminds scallopers to adhere to all regulations, including bag limits and harvesting methods, to ensure the sustainability of the scallop populations. They also emphasize the importance of safety while on the water, encouraging the use of life vests and dive flags.

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With the season underway, local businesses in scalloping hotspots are preparing for an influx of visitors. Restaurants are crafting scallop-centric menus, and charter boat operators are ready to guide eager participants to prime scalloping grounds.

As Floridians and tourists alike flock to the coast, the scalloping season is set to bring a wave of excitement and economic activity to coastal communities. Whether you’re a seasoned scalloper or a first-timer, this season promises a memorable experience filled with sunshine, adventure, and the taste of the sea.

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