Scallops in St. Joseph Bay continue rebound as state opens season Saturday


By kayak or by foot, scallop hunters can ply the waters of St. Joseph Bay in the search for scallops beginning on Sunday.

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Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 09:06 AM.

Surveys indicate scallop numbers should continue to improve in St. Joseph Bay as the season opens this weekend.

Bay scallop harvest season begins Saturday and researchers studying St. Joseph Bay indicate that after a lean year in 2012 followed by a rebound in 2013 the adult scallop population should continue an upward climb.

The recreational season opens June 28, after Gov. Rick Scott requested an early open to the season last month, for state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

The season has opened early every year since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The season will continue through Sept. 24.

Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net.

Scallops can not be taken ashore outside of an open area for harvesting.

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