The Florida Bay Scallop is a bivalve mollusk that lives in seagrass beds in relatively shallow water, usually 4 to 10 feet deep. At one time scallops were reported from as far east as West Palm Beach and as far west as Pensacola. Today, populations can only be found in selected locations along Florida’s west coast—principally St. Joseph Bay, the Steinhatchee area of the Big Bend, and the areas near the Crystal and Homosassa rivers with expansive seagrass beds.
The recreational harvest of the Florida Bay scallop is on of Florida’s best summertime activities for residents and visitors of all ages. This page contains everything you need to know about scalloping, from the boat to your plate. If you have any questions while planning your trip, contact one of our Florida Sea Grant agents listed at the bottom of this page.