By Ronda M. Parag
Summer time is filled with beach and boating activities. As a child, I fondly remember going out with my sister, brother and cousins on the boat and searching for treasures in the gulf — bay scallops. For the first time in 25 years, Pasco County, Fl will open the waters south of Hernando-Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse and waters of the Anclote River to scalloping for 10 days. So grab a net, snorkel and mask and let the fun begin.
“Scalloping is another exceptional offering on our pristine coastline that is home to world-class flats fishing and some of Florida’s most picturesque destinations,” said Pasco Tourism Director Adam Thomas.
Scalloping Regulations and Safety Tips
Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net
Daily bag limit: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop per person
Maximum of 10 gallons of scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon of bay scallop meat per vessel
Scallops must be landed within areas that are open to harvest
Scallops may not be possessed on waters outside of areas that are open to harvest
Properly display a divers-down flag while in the water
Scallop in Pasco County waters from July 20 – 29, 2018. For more information visit www.visitpasco.net
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