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Yummy! The Scalloping Season is here!

The Scallop Season is here! Make a day out of it and enjoy your catch while making the best dinner ever! It’s fun, It’s legal, it’s tasty. Did I mention fun? And don’t forget the sunscreen!
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Florida is one of few places where recreational scalloping is still allowed. The Florida bay scallop lives a shallow life in sea grass beds near the shore. They are easy to get to, and all ages can join the hunt, from the toddler in the family (don’t forget safe floating devices) to the grand parents.
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There used to be quite a healthy scallop population along the west coast of Florida, all the way around to Palm Beach on the east coast. That is not the case anymore. Today scallops can be found only in select areas along the Gulf coast. To keep them around, harvesting is regulated by the FWC, (The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), and they have the final say. They do a good job, so we can pretty much count on there being a scalloping season every year. The season begins around July 1st, and lasts until September 24 every year.

Where to go:
The most popular destinations are Steinhatchee, Crystal River and Homosassa. The Florida bay scallop lives in the shallow sea grass beds, no deeper than 3-7 feet, and are easy to get to. In some places you can even wade out into the seabed and pick them, but a boat or a kayak is recommended for easy access, and to drag your drinking water, snacks and equipment along. And your harvesting license, naturally! 2 gallons of whole scallops per person per day is allowed.

For those of you that think about sustainability, read this part for piece of mind. Scallops spawn in the fall. Once they’ve passed the plankton to larvae stage, they develop a shell and grab onto a blade of a sea grass and continue to grow. A year later, scallops die, because scallops only live about one year. Now they either die a natural death or they are being eaten, by humans, crabs or shell-crushing fish.

Must and needs:
Your basic musts are a recreational saltwater fishing license and a dive flag. Your basic needs, if I may suggest, is sunscreen, a mask, snorkel and fins along with a dip net and a mesh bag to store your catch.

Keep a cooler with ice is on your kayak/boat to keep your catch fresh.

Scallops are not difficult to find. Just cruise along across the sea grass, in areas where the water is 3 or 4 feet deep and look for them. When you see some, put up your dive flag and start collecting. You can pick up the scallops by hand (if you are quick) or scoop them up in your dip net.

Now, enjoy your hunting!

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