While most Florida scalloping destinations are closing this month, Gulf County scalloping is just about to open. Due to a naturally occurring algal bloom in St. Joseph Bay known to effect shellfish, Gulf County scalloping remained closed for most of the regular Florida scalloping season this year. Thankfully, the bloom […]

Gulf County Scallop Season Opening Sept. 23

Due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay, scalloping enthusiasts in Florida’s Gulf County will have to wait a little longer before they can hit the water and start harvesting scallops. Scalloping was supposed to open in Gulf County on July 25, 2017, but the algae bloom […]

Gulf County Scallop Season Opening Delayed

(PHOTO CREDIT GOES TO MOTE MARINE LABORATORY) On Saturday, around 1:00 PM, Mote Marine Laboratory’s stranding investigations program, assisted by members of Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the Chicago Zoological Society Program, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived at Siesta Key’s Turtle Beach to examine a stranded Fraser’s […]

Fraser’s Dolphin Strands on Siesta Key Off Florida’s Southwest Coast

Scalloping is a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can participate in. It’s very simple – snorkel over the seagrass beds, find a scallop in the grass, and dive down to get it.  While you’re at it, you may come across other marine life, such as various kinds of […]

Get Ready, Scallopers! More Florida Waters Opening on July 1!

For 43 years, the endangered West Indian Mandate population had been increasing greatly. However, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released some heartbreaking information. 2016 was a record for manatee boat strikes – 104 mandates were recorded dying from boat collisions. ? This is extremely disappointing news,  and it goes […]

104 Manatees Hit By Boats in 2016