FWC seeks input on bay scallop long-term management solutions and announces 2019 regional season dates in most areas
Monday, December 10, 2018
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-404-6100 or [email protected]
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond via an online survey. The agency has also set the 2019 regional season dates for bay scallop harvest for most of the areas that will be open to harvest.
The FWC is working toward a long-term season structure that it proposes to be effective in 2020.
To have your feedback included in this planning, participate in the survey by visiting SurveyMonkey.com/r/BayScallops2018. A draft rule on this season structure is anticipated to be discussed at the February Commission meeting.
Scallop Season Information
The 2019 regional seasons for bay scallop harvest from Franklin through Hernando counties will be the same as they were in 2018.
Pasco County dates were slightly modified to ensure the season in that region opens on a Friday.
The St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County season has not yet been set due to potential impacts from an ongoing red tide. The FWC is working closely with researchers and the community to determine how to move forward with the 2019 season