Scallop, Bay

Shape

Synonyms

Argopecten irradians

Edibility

n/a

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    Direct transit of legally-harvested bay scallops is allowed through closed areas.

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Season Closed - unlawful to possess

  • Closed Seasons from September 25th, 2020 to June 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Per person Bag Limit = 2 gallons whole in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. Per vessel Bag Limit = maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one-half gallon bay scallop meat.
    This region includes all state waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County to Rock Island near the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County. Seasonal closures vary by location, see MyFWC.com/Bay-Scallops

  • Closed Seasons from September 25th, 2020 to August 15th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Per person Bag Limit = 2 gallons whole in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. Per vessel Bag Limit = maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one-half gallon bay scallop meat. The Gulf County bay scallop zone includes all state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. For more information, see MyFWC.com/Bay Scallops

  • Closed Seasons from September 8th, 2020 to June 14th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Bag Limit June 15 through June 30: Per person: 1 gallon whole bay scallops in shell or one cup shucked Per vessel: 5 gallons whole or two pints shucked Bag Limit July 1 through Labor Day (September 7): Per person: 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat Per vessel: Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or one-half gallon bay scallop meat Bay Scallop Zone 2 includes a portion of Taylor County and all of Dixie County (including Keaton Beach and the Steinhatchee area). This region includes all state waters east of Rock Island near the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County and north of Alligator Pass daybeacon #4 near the mouth of the Suwannee River in Levy County. Seasonal closures vary by location, see MyFWC.com/Bay-Scallops

  • Closed Seasons from September 25th, 2020 to June 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Per person Bag Limit = 2 gallons whole in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. Per vessel Bag Limit = maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one-half gallon bay scallop meat. Levy, Citrus an Hernando Counties (including Cedar Key, Crystal River, and Homosassa): This region includes all state waters south of Alligator Pass daybeacon #4 near the mouth of the Suwannee River in Levy County and north of the Hernando – Pasco county line. For more information, see MyFWC.com/Bay Scallops Please do not discard scallop shells in inshore waters commonly used for recreational activities such as Homosassa River or Crystal River. Piles of discarded scallop shells can create hazards for swimmers and damage seagrass habitat. Scallop shells can be discarded in a trash receptacle or in larger bodies of water where they are more likely to disperse.

  • Closed Seasons from July 27th, 2020 to July 16th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Per person Bag Limit = 2 gallons whole in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. Per vessel Bag Limit = maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one-half gallon bay scallop meat.

    This region includes all state waters south of the Hernando – Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, and includes all waters of the Anclote River. For more information, see MyFWC Bay Scallops

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