Dates for 2021 and future scallop seasons approved by FWC

This map shows the 2020 scallop season in northwest Florida. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The 2020 scallop season in Gulf County hasn't even kicked off, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are already planning the 2021 season.

The 2020 scallop season for Gulf County will open August 16th and close September 24th. Commissioners say they set this season up late last year after working with the local community.

At the February FWC meeting, commissioners set the long-term bay scallop season in Gulf County to start August 16th through September 24th each year beginning in 2021. FWC says the dates allow them to balance stakeholder and community desires with the sustainability of the scallop population.

They say this also allows some predictability from year to year. Staff will continue to monitor scallop populations in St. Joseph Bay and elsewhere.

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