Sustainable Scalloping—From Boat To Plate.
The recreational harvest of the Florida Bay scallop is one of Florida’s most anticipated summertime activities for residents and visitors of all ages. The Florida Bay Scallop is a bivalve mollusk that lives in seagrass beds in relatively shallow water, usually 4 to 10 feet deep. At one time, scallops were reported from as far east as West Palm Beach and as far west as Pensacola. Today, populations can only be found in selected locations along Florida’s west coast—principally St. Joseph Bay, the Steinhatchee area of the Big Bend, and the areas near the Crystal and Homosassa rivers with expansive seagrass beds.
Learn more about the anatomy, reproduction and ecology of the Florida bay scallop.