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Starting Wednesday, Certain Areas Will Be Off Limits For Scalloping In St. Joseph Bay

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Starting Wednesday, there will be no swimming, boating, fishing, or scalloping in certain areas of St. Joseph Bay.

After the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in 2010, Florida wildlife officials have been working to restore the scallops in St. Joseph Bay.

But, there have been some setbacks.

In addition to a red tide event in 2015, researchers say the bay suffered a “scallop recruitment failure.”

That means a huge die off of small bay scallops occurred, after they did not settle in St. Joseph Bay.

So, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission buoys will mark the area as off limits for swimming, boating, fishing, or scalloping. It starts Wednesday and lasts until the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the bay scallop season in Gulf county will be open to harvesters August 17th through September 30th.

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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.