FWC sets 46-day scallop season in St. Joseph Bay

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 46-day scallop season for St. Joseph Bay. The season, running Aug. 17 through Sept. 30, includes state waters from Bay County’s Mexico Beach Canal to the west edge of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

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The daily bag limit will be 2 gallons of scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. There will be a per-vessel maximum of 10 gallons in shell, or ½ gallon of meat.

Later this year or in early 2019, the FWC will consider dates for the next scalloping season, and in 2020 will began working toward creating a more consistent schedule. The agency requests the public’s opinion on whether scalloping seasons should change based on region or be consistent throughout the regions, as well as what dates are preferred for each region.

To comment on the upcoming seasons and share what kind of schedule you would prefer, comment at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments or email Marine@FWC.com. FWC officials said feedback will have a big impact on future changes to the scalloping seasons.

For more information on scallops and regulations, visit MyFWC.com/fishing and find the “Bay Scallops” tab.