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COVID-19 Update

Due to the current situation, we have decided to cancel our Scallop Sitter program for the 2020 summer season in an effort to protect the health of our volunteers.

We want to thank all of our volunteers that were interested in participating in this year’s event. Please stay tuned for updates about next year’s Scallop Sitter program. We cannot wait to work together with our volunteers again soon!

Project Goal

To increase depleted scallop populations in some bays and reintroduce scallops in other suitable areas from which scallops have disappeared. This work is funded by a NRDA grant for St. Joseph Bay, St. Andrew Bay, and St. George Sound only. 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.

Volunteer Requirements

To become a scallop-sitter with the FWC, 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:

  • Have no FWC violations on your record
  • Live near St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, or St. George Sound from June – 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 June – January
  • Attend or view via webinar our scallop-restoration workshop

Workshop Information

If you want to keep scallops, you will need to attend one of the Scallop Restoration Training Workshops listed below. If you cannot attend the training in person, please register for the online workshop for the bay in which you would like to volunteer. At the workshop, you will receive your scallop 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 Dates:

The 2020 workshop dates have been cancelled for this program. Please check back next year for updated workshop dates for the Scallop Sitter program.

Scallop Sitter cages are only allowed in the highlighted portion of St. Andrews Bay and the highlighted portion of St. George Sound as shown in the maps below.  Scallop Sitter cages can be placed in all parts of St. Joseph Bay.

Scallop Sitter cages are only allowed in the highlighted portion of St. Andrews Bay (between the Hathaway Bridge and the Dupont Bridge) since this area is most suitable for scallop survival.

map of St. George Sound showing area where scallop cages can be placed

Scallop Sitter cages are only allowed in the highlighted portion of St. George Sound since this area is most suitable for scallop survival.