Scallop season opens August 16th in St. Joseph Bay

Scallop season opens August 16th for the St. Joseph Bay. (FWC)

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Gulf County bay scallop season will open August 16th and stay open through September 15th in St. Joseph Bay.

The region includes waters from the Mexico Beach Canal to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that swimming, boating, fishing and scalloping in the restoration marked areas south of Black’s Island is prohibited.

According to the FWC, the scallop limits are two gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or one pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a max of ten gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a half gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.

Scallops can be harvested by hand or with a net.

Continuous transit of scallops is allowed through closed areas as long as the boat does not stop in areas closed to harvest.

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