Bay Scallops

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Florida Recreational Regulations

Harvest areas 

(see map below for details on harvesting areas)
Gulf County, including St. Joseph Bay  Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County AND Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties 

The remaining portion of Taylor County and all of Dixie County

Pasco County

Open Season

Update: Closed Sept. 26.

July 1 - Sept. 24, 2018 the third Saturday in June (June 16, 2018) through Sept. 10, 2018  July 20-29, 2018
Daily Bag Limit

2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person

Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel

Minimum Size Limit  None 


Bay Scallop Harvest Zones:

 Bay scallops may only be harvested in state waters from the following zones:




It is illegal to possess bay scallops on waters outside open harvest areas or during the closed season. It is also illegal to land scallops outside open harvest areas. For example, it would be legal to take scallops from waters off the Hernando County coast, but it would be illegal to dock your boat in Pasco County with the scallop catch onboard when waters off Pasco are closed. Scallop

Gear Requirements:

Commercial harvest prohibited.

Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are 1. exempt from needing a license or 2. have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops (i.e. feet do not leave bottom to swim, snorkel, or SCUBA and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location).  

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