Florida Scallop Season

Scallop season began on July 1 and will run through to Sept 24.

The popular area of Homosassa to St. Joseph Bay will see thousands take to the water in search of the legendary bay scallop. Local old-timers will tell you that it is better to wait until later in the summer, when scallops are bigger, fatter and, some say, juicier.

Bay scallops are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, but you can only gather them from the Pasco-Hernando county line north to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. Areas such as Homosassa, Crystal River and Steinhatchee tend to have the best scalloping fields because scallops prosper in places where freshwater rivers meet saltwater. Scallops are particular creatures and need the right mix of saltwater and freshwater to survive.

If you do go scalloping, you  are allowed to harvest up to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of scallop meat each day during the open season.

 

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