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The Gulf County bay scallop season is now open to harvesters, after state wildlife officials postponed the season for about two months.

Gulf County Scallop Season Pushed Back By FWC

Jul 25, 2017
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put a hold on Gulf County’s scallop season, as a dangerous toxin has taken ahold of shellfish in the area. 

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As sort of a pilot, state wildlife officials are holding three different bay scallop seasons in the Florida Panhandle. While one starts Saturday, another is already underway.

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Despite a harmful algal bloom in 2015, Florida wildlife officials say the bay scallop population in Saint Joe Bay appears to be improving.

Bay Scallop Season will start a little earlier this year. Normally, the season to allow for the harvesting of bay scallops opens on July 1st. But, this year, Governor Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to start the season Saturday, two days ahead of schedule, says FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker.