Bay scallop season starts July 1

Bay Scallop
Posted at 4:56 AM, Jun 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 01:25:30-04

MIAMI (AP) - Bay scallop season opens next week in some Florida waters.

The recreational season will open July 1 in Gulf of Mexico state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the season will run through Sept. 24.

The bag limit is two gallons of whole bay scallops or one pint of meat per person, per day, with a vessel limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops or a half-gallon of meat. Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net.

Scallops cannot be taken ashore outside of the open area.

There is no commercial harvest for bay scallops in Florida state and federal waters. State waters extend 9 nautical miles from shore.