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Gulf County Bay Scallop Season Underway, With Some Areas Off-Limits

A container full of scallops
Carol Lyn Parrish
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The bay scallop season in Gulf County started Friday.

Until September 30th, anglers can harvest bay scallops in all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

Some parts of Gulf County’s St. Joseph Bay are also open for the bay scallop season. But, other parts are closed.

Just south of Black’s Island,the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has buoys marking the area as off limits for swimming, boating, fishing, or scalloping.

That’s to give St. Joseph Bay more time to recover from the impacts of a fall 2015 red tide event.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

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.