Bay scallops

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

While severe weather conditions have canceled parts of this year’s Great Scallop Search in Santa Rosa Sound, volunteers with the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Santa Rosa County office will take to the surf again Saturday in hopes of finding seagrass-dwelling bay scallops. The Great Scallop Search is an annual event put on by the […]

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently restructured the season structure for recreational scalloping, the outlook for that opportunity opening up in Northwest Florida in the near future isn’t the brightest. Searches have been done in this area, including two scheduled for this year, but they haven’t produced results indicating there is a […]

Scallop search comes up empty handed

Scallop search comes up empty handed

The creatures appear as something out of a science fiction movie. Their outer shell is hard and rounded with scaly groves. A mouth stretches along the entire diameter of the body with hundreds of fringe-like tentacles. A ring of bright royal blue eyes sweep around each edge of the mouth. But this bivalve mollusk is […]

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

The recreational bay scallop season opened in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay […]