In the first of a series of workshops seeking feedback on the 2017 scallop season, staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be on hand 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET at the Board of County Commissioners meeting room
In the first of a series of workshops seeking feedback on the 2017 scallop season, staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be on hand 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET at the Board of County Commissioners meeting room.
This summer, the FWC implemented staggered seasons across the state, with differing start and end times for bay scallop harvest.
In St. Joseph Bay, the season was originally scheduled to begin July 25 and end Sept. 10, but the season was postponed due to the presence of a domoic acid produced by a naturally-occurring algae bloom.
Domoic acid can be harmful to humans after the consumption of contaminated shellfish.
The 16-day season in St. Joseph Bay ended Oct. 8.
The FWC is seeking feedback on the staggered season structure before determining how to manage the season going forward, an FWC press release detailed.
The goal of the workshops is to gather input on the bay scallop fishery, including whether the staggered seasons made “for a more enjoyable time on the water and whether it had any economic impact on coastal communities that depend on this fishery.”
Input from the workshops will be taken before the full Commission and will help determine what the bay scallop season structure should be in future years.
After Port St. Joe, the FWC will hold workshops in Steinhatchee, Land O’ Lakes and Crystal River before finishing in Carrabelle Oct. 26.
If you can not make the workshop, written comments may be submitted online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.