2014 bay scallop season opens early in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today that the 2014 bay scallop season will open three days earlier, on Saturday, June 28 rather than July 1, which is when the season usually opens.

Governor Scott said, “I requested the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission open the season early this year to benefit our communities who rely on our fisheries. The bay scallop fishery is especially important to Florida’s Big Bend region and by opening the bay scallop season three days earlier, Floridians throughout this area will have more opportunities to enjoy our natural treasures and provide for their families.”

The recreational season will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County (in the panhandle). The season will remain open through September 24, 2014.

All other regulations, including bag and vessel limits, apply.

Learn more by visiting http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops/