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Register to Become a Scallop-Sitter

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
  • View via webinar our scallop-restoration workshop

Workshop Information

If you want to keep scallops, you will need to attend one of the virtual Scallop Restoration Training Workshops listed below. You will need to sign up for the appropriate virtual workshop through Eventbrite.

At the workshop, we will provide you with detailed information about our project and give a demonstration on how to clean and care for your scallops. After attending the workshop, you will be eligible to pick up your supplies and scallops.

Scallop Sitter Supply Pick Up Dates:

Please sign up for these events through the Eventbrite links listed below for your county:

If you have any questions, please reach out to bayscallops@myfwc.com.

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.