Let 'Em Grow: Scalloping Best Practices
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Hall-Scharf, Brittany, and Victor Blanco. 2024. “Let ’Em Grow: Scalloping Best Practices: FA262, 5/2024”. EDIS 2024 (3). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fa262-2024.


Recreational scalloping is a popular summertime activity that attracts participants from far and wide to Florida's Gulf Coast. Coastal counties that serve as vessel launch points rely on this fishery for economic viability, but the biology of the bay scallop and the environmental stressors this species endures have led to limited populations of bay scallops remaining along Florida's Gulf Coast . Therefore, it is essential to implement best practices for harvesting bay scallops so that future generations can enjoy this marine resource activity. This publication gives recreational scallopers tips on how to sort through scallops in the water so that scallops that are too small are returned immediately to the same spot where they were taken. Improving harvesting techniques can help sustain this valuable fishery.

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