Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that scallop season will open three days early this year to take in the weekend before the normal July 1 start. So it will open June 28.
"The bay scallop fishery is especially important to Florida's Big Bend region and by opening the bay scallop season three days earlier, Floridians throughout this area will have more opportunities to enjoy our natural treasures and provide for their families," Scott said in a news release.
This applies to state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.
The state will consider making this a permanent practice when July 1 does not fall on a Saturday.