Free Scallop Sorter available

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on June 23, 2023

Florida Sea Grant agents have developed an easy-to-use “scallop sorter” tool. Use this tool when collecting scallops to prevent harvesting smaller scallops (less than 2 inches) that have not yet had a chance to reproduce and replenish the local scallop population. Although there is no regulation on minimum size limit, allowing younger or smaller scallops to spawn helps sustain the fishery and ensure future recreational harvest seasons.

FSG agents and partners will station at boat ramps in Hernando County throughout the 2023 scalloping season. If you come across an agent, don’t forget to pick up a free scallop sorter and sign the pledge card.

If you would like to pick up a free sorter, contact Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension Offices in advance.

Scallop sorter tools were created in collaboration with PED-Stuart in Hernando County, Florida. The project was funded by Florida Sea Grant. Please direct questions or feedback about the project to Brittany Scharf or Victor Blanco.

About Scalloping on Florida’s Nature Coast

Scalloping is a popular activity for families throughout the Nature Coast, with Scallop Season ranging from July 1 through September 29 in Hernando and Citrus Counties and July 1 through August 5 in Pasco County. All that is needed is a snorkel mask, fins, a net to hold your catch and a Florida saltwater fishing license.

Charters are available throughout the Nature Coast and may be private, semi-private, or public. For more information about techniques and experiences for harvesting bay scallops, click here.



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