Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey

Bay Scallop Survey_7

Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Survey

FWRI biologist Anthony Vasilas, attempts to catch a bay scallop in a seagrass bed offshore of Taylor County (open to recreational harvest). Scallops may evade predators by rapidly clamping their shells together to swim away. Seagrass beds in the vicinity of the Steinhatchee River are typically good harvest areas.

Populations of bay scallops are surveyed annually by FWRI scientists around the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers search along a 300 m transect line using SCUBA and count all scallops within 1 m on both sides of the transect. Populations within open and closed recreational harvest areas are surveyed each year.

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