Scallop Season Begins for Florida Tourists

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (AP) -- Scallop season is under way along Florida's eastern Panhandle.

Tourism leaders in the Port St. Joe area say the recreational scallop season provides a crucial summer tourism boost.

Commercial scallop harvesting from the region's shallow-water bays has been banned since the 1990s, but recreational harvesters can wade into the water and collect up to two gallons a day.

Boating into the bays and snorkeling is another popular way to collect the scallops.

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