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Bay 2020 scallop season set to end Sept. 25

Staff Report
The News Herald

PORT ST. JOE — The local 2020 scallop season is set to end next week

According to a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 2020 recreational bay scallop season harvest will close Sept. 25 in Gulf County through northwest Taylor County, and in Levy through Hernando counties. 

The last day harvest will be open is Sept. 24. Harvest will not reopen again until the 2021 season. 

Maria, Anna and Lea Patronis enjoy scalloping in St. Joe Bay. [JOHN PATRONIS/ CONTRIBUTED]

At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the FWC set the long-term bay scallop season in Gulf County (including St. Joseph Bay) to open Aug. 16 through Sept. 24 each year beginning in 2021.

St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County: This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

Bay Scallop Season Dates

Franklin County's scallop season will run from July 1 to Sept. 24.

Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): This region includes all state waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County to the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County.

For information on bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops” under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab.