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Register to Become a Scallop-Sitter


We are no longer accepting volunteers for the 2019 Scallop Sitter program.  If you would like to sign up for the 2020 Scallop Sitter program, you can do so below.

Project Goal

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.

Volunteer Requirements

To become a scallop-sitter with the FWC for the 2020-2021 time period, 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
  • July 2020 – January 2021
  • – 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 July – 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 FWC Scallop Restoration Workshops being held in July 2020.  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 June 2020.

Workshop Dates:

St Andrews Bay Volunteers 
Date: July 2020 
Time: TBA 
Location: Florida Sea Grant Extension Office in Bay County

St. Joseph Bay Volunteers
Date: July 2020
Time: TBA
Location: Florida Sea Grant Extension Office in Gulf County

To become a scallop-sitter with the FWC for the 2020-2021 time period, we will need some information from you to complete our permit.


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. Scallop Sitter Cages can be placed in all parts of St. Joseph Bay.

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