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After Two-Month Postponement Due To Algae Bloom, Gulf Co. Bay Scallop Season Now Opens

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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.

In July, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed the Gulf County bay scallop season, due to an algae bloom in Saint Joseph Bay that directly affected shellfish. But, FWC spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says her agency decided to open the season again Saturday, after regular tests of the water.

“And, in the past two weeks actually, we have had samples that have come back that have tested safe for human consumption,” she said. “And, to do that, we have to have samples that come back seven days apart, across the bay. And, we had that. We were able to meet the [FDA] requirements to be able to reopen the bay.”

Unlike the normal season, this season only lasts for 16 days and will end October 8. It will be open in all state waters, stretching from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. For more information, visit the FWC website.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.