Scallop season is upon us again, one of our favorite times to be on the Forgotten Coast! Imagine the ultimate scavenger hunt underwater in some of the most stunning coastal destinations in the entire state of Florida. A scalloping trip allows you to explore the unique eco-system while also bringing home a delightful delicacy for your dinner table.
What to Know:
Bay scallops are harvested by snorkeling through grassy beds and collecting by hand or with a dip net. A Florida fishing license is required, and limits apply. The daily bag limit per individual is two gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one pint of bay scallop meat per person. There is also a maximum of ten gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or a half gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.
2019 Season Dates:
- Gulf County and St. Joseph Bay: Aug. 16-Sept. 15. Includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
- Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): July 1 through Sept. 24. 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.
What to Look For:
Bay scallops are usually found in seagrass beds and are easily distinguished from other bottom-dwelling animals by their electric blue eyes. They can swim by opening and closing their shells making them sometimes more difficult to catch!
A scallop trip allows you to fully experience the raw beauty of the Forgotten Coast and can be a fun adventure for all ages.