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Publication #SGEF-212

Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop, Citrus County1

Don Sweat and Fred Vose2

Scalloping is a favorite summer pastime along the central west and northwest coasts of Florida. This publication offers a brief biology lesson on bay scallops along with everything you need to know about scalloping—legal requirements, equipment needed, how to collect and handle scallops, recipes, and information on scallop research and restoration. The brochure also includes a boat ramp and marina locator map for the Citrus County area.

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This document is SGEF-212 (formerly SGEF-187), one of a series of the Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension. Original EDIS publication date August 2011, reviewed and revised June 2015. Visit the EDIS website at


Don Sweat (retired), Sea Grant marine Extension agent; and Fred Vose, Sea Grant marine Extension agent.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.