2021 Scallop Season Coming Soon!

Posted August 6, 2021

Scalloping in St Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe Florida

It’s that time of year again that all who cherish Florida’s Forgotten Coast look forward to. The 2021 Scallop Season officially opens on August 16th and ends on September 24th so grab your snorkeling gear and get ready! Scallopers are limited to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. Per vessel, a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat (1/2 gallon = 4 pints) is the limit. Vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit. These limits are set by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission so please be respectful of them! For safety, always bring a dive flag with you while you’re in the water. Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Here are some items you’ll need on your Scalloping journey!

•Mask
•Snorkel
•Booties or water shoes
•Gloves
•Dive bag or net
•Fins
•Dive flag
•50 SPF or above sunscreen

Tips after gathering your Scallops

Immediately place scallops in a cooler on ice. After awhile on ice they will open up on their own making the cleaning process easier. This also keeps the meat from spoiling. Use gloves and a scalloping knife (short and dull blade) to fully open the scallop from the rear section of the shell. Use a spoon and scoop the bottom of the shell to pull the full scallop meat off the shell. *Save and freeze the guts for fishing with at a later time!

Cooking tips for Scallops

Butter, garlic, lemon juice, and salt & pepper in a frying pan on medium heat until golden brown is some of our favorite methods for cooking our scallops!
Alternatively, we LOVE a home made seafood spaghetti–mixing our cooked scallops, as well as cooked shrimp, in a bowl of spaghetti and sauce. Works as an alfredo too!