Recreational bay scallop season about to close for 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-487-0554
The 2011 recreational harvest season for bay scallops, which was
extended by three weeks this year, will close Monday, Sept.26, with
the final day of harvesting being Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in
support of Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet, extended the season to
help relieve Florida fishing communities on the Gulf of Mexico
suffering from possible economic hardships due to the 2010
Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The season, which began June 25 this year, usually runs July 1
through Sept. 10.
Biologists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's
Molluscan Fisheries research group have been gathering harvest
information from the public via an online survey at http://svy.mk/bayscallops and
will continue to do so through the end of the month. Additional
scallop harvesting information and questions about the survey can
be emailed to BayScallops@MyFWC.com.
More information on
bay scallops is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on
"Regulations" under "Saltwater Fishing"). Information about scallop
research is available at MyFWC.com/Research/Saltwater
under the "Mollusc" section.