EXTENSION CONNECTION: Looking for bay scallops? Go east

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 14:06 PM.

Though we have to travel east of Okaloosa County to go scalloping, it is a great opportunity to experience.

Bay scallops are bottom-dwellers that live in 4 to 8 feet of water in seagrass beds near the shore along Florida's Gulf coast.

Scalloping season runs June 28 through Sept. 24 for recreational harvesting. Harvesting areas are in state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line.

Bay scallops have electric blue eyes and propel themselves backward by opening and closing their shells quickly.

Some of the required equipment to go on your scalloping adventure is first a salt-water fishing license for Florida residents between 16 and 65, and all non-residents over 16. 

You'll also need a swim mask, snorkel, small mesh bag, divers-down flag (required by law), and a boat/kayak.

 The best scalloping occurs in the 4- to 10-foot-deep area, where your shallow-draft boat can be anchored.  You can scallop from shore but your scalloping adventure will be more productive by boat. 



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