The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2020 bay scallop season in Gulf County (including St. Joseph Bay) to open Aug. 16, 2020, and remain open through Sept. 24, 2020, closing Sept. 25.


This season was set after working closely with the local community and allows the FWC to balance stakeholder and community desires for a high-quality scalloping season in late summer and fall with the sustainability of the resource.


The daily bag limit per person is two gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one pint of bay scallop meat.


Per vessel the limit is a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or half gallon bay scallop meat.


Scallops may be harvested only by hand or by using a landing or dip net.


Commercial harvest is prohibited.


Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are exempt from needing a license or have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops (i.e. feet do not leave bottom to swim, snorkel, or SCUBA and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location).


To learn more about current bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on "Recreational Regulations" and "Bay Scallops" which is under the "Crabs, Shrimp and Shellfish" tab.