Get your snorkels ready -- the state waters off Pasco County will be open for bay scallop harvesting later this month for the first time since 1994.

Harvesting will be allowed during a 10-day trial season between July 20 and 29 in 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.

There are regulations harvesters must follow:

  • 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

For more information, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's bay scallops page.

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