EXTENSION CONNECTION: Bay scallop season beckons

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

The best scalloping occurs in the 4- to 10-foot deep area, where you can anchor your shallow-draft boat. Boating is more productive than scalloping by shore.  

Look for scallops near the borderline areas of sea grasses, and collect them in the mesh bag since they can pinch. Once on the boat, scallops should be immediately placed on ice in a cooler.

Harvesting bag limits per person are 2 gallons whole for bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. A maximum of 10 gallons of whole scallops in shell or a half-gallon bay scallop meat per vessel and harvesting is only permitted by hand; landing or dip net use only.

See myfwc.com for more information on harvesting regulations for scallops and other fisheries or www.flseagrant.org for additional helpful hints and recipes about bay scallops.

Brooke Saari is a Sea Grant Marine Science and Natural Resources agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview. Reach her at bsaari@ufl.edu or 689-5850.

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