Register to Become a Scallop-Sitter
To increase depleted scallop populations in some bays and reintroduce scallops in other suitable areas from which scallops have disappeared. If you want more information on this program, see the article “Become a Scallop-Sitter and Help Restore Scallops in the Florida Panhandle.”) If you want to view a video providing an overview of bay scallop biology, the fishery, and our restoration program, including a demonstration on how to care for your scallops, view our Scallop Restoration Webinar video.
To become a scallop-sitter with the FWC for the 2019-2020 year, we will need some information from you to complete our permit.
As a reminder, the only requirements to participate in this program are the following:
- Live near St. Andrew or St. Joseph Bay from April – January
- Have access to the bay: either a private dock, boat, or kayak
- Be willing and able to care for and clean scallops once a month from April – January
- Attend or view via webinar our scallop-restoration workshop
If you want to keep scallops, you will need to attend one of the FWC Scallop Restoration Workshops being held in April 2019. If you cannot make either one of these workshops, we will have a webinar that you can view before picking up your scallops from a location that we will disclose later. At the workshop, you will receive your cage, scallops, and cleaning supplies. We will also provide you with detailed information about our project and give a demonstration on how to clean and care for your scallops. Workshop date and times will be announced by December 2018.
St Andrews Bay Volunteers
Date: April 2019
Location: Florida Sea Grant Extension Office
2728 E 14th St. Panama City, FL 32401
St. Joseph Bay Volunteers
Date: April 2019
Location: St. Joe Buffer Preserve
3615 State Rd. 30A PSJ, FL 32456