FWC News Release
Contact: Lt. Kent Harvey (850) 251-7251

Predictions sometimes miss the mark, but early forecasts indicating plenty of scallops in Big Bend coastal waters were apparently conservative, if anything.

“It seems like everybody we check is doing well scalloping,” said Lt. Kent Harvey, a law enforcement supervisor with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). In past years the busiest time for scalloping was on the weekends, but Harvey said boat ramps from Panacea to Steinhatchee and beyond are crowded on most weekdays, too.

As a consequence of all the people and activity on the water, the FWC has received a few complaints from commercial fishermen that their blue crab traps are being robbed.

Harvey said three Tallahassee-area men who claimed to be scalloping are under investigation and face charges of crab-trap theft after they were stopped last weekend on Apalachee Bay with a quantity of blue crabs but no gear to harvest crabs. He said the trio admitted stealing the crabs from a fisherman’s trap.

Scalloping season began July 1 and runs through September 10. Scallopers 16 and older, unless exempt, must be licensed and use a divers-down flag.

The recreational daily bag limit is two gallons whole or one pint of shucked meat. The maximum is 10 gallons whole or one-half gallon of meat on board a vessel.