TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday the Florida bay scallop season will open three days early this year.
“I requested the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission open the season early this year to benefit our communities who rely on our fisheries,” Scott said in a press release.
The season, which usually opens July 1, will open Saturday, June 28. The FWC will also bring a proposal to commissioners to change future season openings to the Saturday before July 1, unless July 1 happens to be a Saturday.
The recreational season will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The season will remain open through Sept. 24.