‘Seafood doesn’t get any fresher’

ScallopSeason
Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Scallop season kicked off early this year on June 29 and already, St. Joseph Bay has been crowded with eager scallopers...in between rain storms, of course.

The verdict is in that the number of scallops seems to be up this year and those tasty mollusks seem plentiful in harvest areas that include Crystal River, Hernando, Steinhatchee, St. Marks and locally in St. Joseph Bay.

“Scallop season is going very well,” said Julie of Seahorse Water Safari. “It’s definitely better than last year.”

Seahorse Water Safari runs fishing charters in St. Joseph Bay and spends a large amount of time each summer toting tourists and locals alike to hot spots.

Julie explained that over-harvesting and lack of fresh water may be playing a part in the numbers being down from previous years.

“It’s not as good as a few years ago,” she said. “Scallops are like oysters. They are fragile and usually the first thing in a marine ecosystem to go.”

For Murfreesboro, TN resident Joy Stokes, the season has been positive. She and her family have visited Cape San Blas every July for the last eight years to scallop and enjoy the area.



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