The 2019 recreational bay scallop season begins June 15 for Dixie and most of Taylor counties. If you’re headed to the coast and are interested in knowing a) how to scallop, b) the rules that apply to the harvest and c) where to find scallops this season, be sure to head over to the Steinhatchee Community Center on June 14. That’s the eve of the beginning of the harvest from Suwannee to Spring Warrior, including the usually busy ports of Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee, and Keaton Beach.
The 2019 seminar will be open to the public. Door prizes and light snacks will be provided. Speaker Dr. Stephen Geiger, FWC‘s Research Institute, will discuss the season status and results of scallop surveys all along the coast (If you can’t make it, the 2019 survey results will be published around the first of June). Lt. Mike Guy, from FWC Law Enforcement will be on hand to discuss safety, rules and regulations. And, Dr. Savanna Barry, from the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key will make a presentation on the sea grasses that make our shoreline an excellent habitat for bay scallops and other species of marine life.
The 2019 Scallop Seminar will be held at the Steinhatchee Community Center on Friday, June 14. It begins at 6PM and expected to last just over an hour.