Get in on Pasco County Scallop Season July 20-29, 2018

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on July 17, 2018

Break out the dive masks and snorkels! For the first time since 1994, state waters off Pasco County will be open to bay scallop harvest during a 10-day trial season July 20-29, 2018.

Harvest areas include all state waters south of the Hernando-Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, as well as all waters of the Anclote River.

“Scalloping is another exceptional offering on our pristine coastline that is home to world-class flats fishing and some of Florida’s most picturesque destinations,” said Pasco Tourism Director Adam Thomas.

Scalloping Regulations and Safety:

  • Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net
  • Daily bag limit: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person
  • Maximum of 10 gallons of scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon of bay scallop meat per vessel
  • Scallops must be landed within areas that are open to harvest
  • Scallops may not be possessed on waters outside of areas that are open to harvest
  • Properly display a divers-down flag while in the water (see regulations)

More About Scalloping – the How, What, Why

Scalloping, or the recreational harvesting of the bay scallop, is one of the easiest activities for people of all ages to enjoy in the heat of summer.

It only requires wading or swimming in an area with thick sea grass beds, some goggles or a mask to help you see underwater, a Florida saltwater fishing license, and a net to keep your scallops in. Click here for a full story on Scalloping in the Nature Coast.

For complete information on bay scallop harvest zones, regulations, and fishing license requirements, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s bay scallops page or www.myfwc.com.

A comprehensive list of lodging, dining and leisure offerings for Pasco County is available at www.visitpasco.net. View Visit Pasco’s local scalloping guide here: bit.ly/ScallopPasco.

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