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1103194 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-06-18 00:34:21.0 UTC 2010-06-17T20:34:21.000-04:00 get-an-early-start-on-scooping-scallops Published 2010-06-18 01:28:55.0 UTC 2010-06-17T21:28:55.000-04:00 sports/outdoors DTI 63709618 Canaries of the sea Scallops need a mixture of saltwater and freshwater to survive. The state's prime scallop grounds — Homosassa, Crystal River and Steinhatchee — are located where freshwater and saltwater mix. Scallops are delicate creatures. Researchers have often compared them with a "canary in a coal mine." When scallops disappear from an estuary, it is a sure sign that something is wrong. If rains are heavy or in years with numerous hurricanes, too much freshwater may flood the bay and wipe out a crop. In times of drought, the water can get too salty and scallops won't survive that, either. Scallop grounds In 1994, with scallop stocks declining, state officials shut down the commercial season everywhere in the state and the recreational season south of the Suwannee River. In 2001, state officials reopened the area between the Suwannee and the Pasco-Hernando county line because the stocks had recovered. However, recreational scalloping still was prohibited south of the Pasco-Hernando county line, which included the waters surrounding Anclote Key, once a prime hunting ground for local scallopers. Researchers from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida have embarked on an aggressive restocking or "seeding" program that is beginning to bear fruit. The time may soon come when scalloping is again allowed in Tampa Bay. If you go Scallop season along Florida's Gulf Coast runs through Sept. 10. It is legal to gather scallops north of the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. It is against the law to possess bay scallops on the water outside open harvest areas. It is also illegal to land scallops outside open harvest areas. It is legal to land up to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1 pint of scallop meat each day during the open season. Recreational scallopers cannot possess more than 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a half-gallon of meat aboard any boat. You may catch bay scallops only by hand or with a landing or dip net. They cannot be sold for commercial purposes. Great Scallop Search Tampa Bay Watch, one of the area's leading environmental groups, is hosting its annual Great Bay Scallop Search on Aug. 28. Volunteer boaters and snorkelers team up to search for scallops in select areas of Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The purpose of this program is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. A record high of 674 scallops were found last year, which shows water quality has improved across Tampa Bay, thanks to the work of Bay Watch and other groups. Registration information will be available at tampabaywatch.org next month. Fourth of July weekend is always one big party for scallopers on the Nature Coast. But this year, snorkelers can hit the water 12 days earlier than usual. The state is opening scallop season Saturday, instead of July 1, to help alleviate some of the economic hardship on Florida's fishing communities that is likely to occur as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. By Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors Editor Outdoors,Sports Get an early start on scooping scallops By Terry Tomalin 4STC Sports <p><b>.&#9;FAST FACTS</b></p><p><b>Bay scallop</b></p><p><b>Scientific name:</b> Argopecten irradians</p><p><b>Distribution:</b> Florida's west coast and east coast, as far north as West Palm Beach</p><p><b>Size: </b>About 2 inches fully grown</p><p><b>Habitat: </b>Grass beds and shallow waters of estuaries</p><p><b>Life span: </b>12-18 months</p><p>For more scallop information, go to MyFWC.com</p> External input 2 Sp_2Cmain061810 2010-06-18 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-06-18T00:00:00.000-04:00 resources/images/dti/2010/06/C4S_Scallop061810_126982a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/06/C4S_Scallop061810_126982a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/06/C4S_Scallop061810_126982a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2010/06/C4S_moreScallops061_126981a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/06/C4S_moreScallops061_126981a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/06/C4S_moreScallops061_126981a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/06/17/63709618-get-an-early-start-on-scooping-scallops StaffArticle sports,outdoorsOutdoor SportsCanaries of the seaScallops need a mixture of saltwater and freshwater to survive. The state's prime scallop grounds — Homosassa, Crystal River and Steinhatchee — are located where freshwater and saltwater mix.Outdoors,SportsOutdoors,SportsTerry Tomalin 443442 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:30.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:30.000-04:00 terry-tomalin published 2013-02-13 18:20:54.0 UTC 2013-02-13T13:20:54.000-05:00 Terry Tomalin <p>Terry Tomalin moved to Florida in the spring of 1980 for the sun and surf. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1983, Tomalin backpacked through Europe, returning a few months later to work for a small Central Florida newspaper, where his stories on the Ku Klux Klan resulted in the resignation of a local sheriff.</p> <p>Tomalin joined the Times as a police reporter in 1986, but left 18 months later to backpack through New Zealand and Australia. He returned a year later and transferred to the sports department to cover the great outdoors.</p> <p>During the past 20 years, Tomalin has lived with witch doctors in the Amazon, explored sunken Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas and swam around Key West. Tomalin loves to fish, surf, paddle and enjoy all Florida has to offer.</p> <p>A fellow of the prestigious Explorer's Club in New York City, Tomalin holds a master's degree in Florida studies and is involved in many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America.</p> Times Outdoors/Fitness Editor writers DTI 33745498 Terry Tomalin moved to Florida in the spring of 1980 for the sun and surf. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1983, Tomalin backpacked through Europe, returning a few months later to work for a small Central Florida newspaper, where his stories on the Ku Klux Klan resulted in the resignation of a local sheriff. Tomalin joined the Times as a police reporter in 1986, but left 18 months later to backpack through New Zealand and Australia. He returned a year later and transferred to the sports department to cover the great outdoors. During the past 20 years, Tomalin has lived with witch doctors in the Amazon, explored sunken Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas and swam around Key West. Tomalin loves to fish, surf, paddle and enjoy all Florida has to offer. A fellow of the prestigious Explorer's Club in New York City, Tomalin holds a master's degree in Florida studies and is involved in many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8808</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:ttomalin@tampabay.com ">ttomalin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/WaterTribe">@WaterTribe</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Tomalin_Terry_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745498-terry-tomalin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:30.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:30.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">TERRY TOMALIN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Outdoors Editor 2282761 2016-06-23 01:04:28.0 UTC 2 Months Ago captains-corner-its-scalloping-time sports/outdoors Captain's Corner: It's scalloping time StaffArticle 2286544 2016-07-23 00:40:54.0 UTC 1 Month Ago storm-qb-kennedy-gets-another-chance-to-start sports/football/storm Storm QB Kennedy gets another chance to start StaffArticle 2286622 2016-07-24 02:05:16.0 UTC 1 Month Ago bucs-gm-jason-licht-raring-to-go-as-camp-gets-set-to-start sports/football/bucs Bucs GM Jason Licht raring to go as camp gets set to start StaffArticle <p><b>Canaries of the sea</b></p> <p>Scallops need a mixture of saltwater and freshwater to survive. The state's prime scallop grounds — Homosassa, Crystal River and Steinhatchee — are located where freshwater and saltwater mix.</p> <p>Scallops are delicate creatures. Researchers have often compared them with a &quot;canary in a coal mine.&quot; When scallops disappear from an estuary, it is a sure sign that something is wrong.</p> <p>If rains are heavy or in years with numerous hurricanes, too much freshwater may flood the bay and wipe out a crop. In times of drought, the water can get too salty and scallops won't survive that, either.</p> <p><b>Scallop grounds</b></p> <p>In 1994, with scallop stocks declining, state officials shut down the commercial season everywhere in the state and the recreational season south of the Suwannee River.</p> <p>In 2001, state officials reopened the area between the Suwannee and the Pasco-Hernando county line because the stocks had recovered.</p> <p>However, recreational scalloping still was prohibited south of the Pasco-Hernando county line, which included the waters surrounding Anclote Key, once a prime hunting ground for local scallopers.</p> <p>Researchers from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida have embarked on an aggressive restocking or &quot;seeding&quot; program that is beginning to bear fruit. The time may soon come when scalloping is again allowed in Tampa Bay.</p> <p><b>If you go</b></p> <p>Scallop season along Florida's Gulf Coast runs through Sept. 10. It is legal to gather scallops north of the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.</p> <p>It is against the law to possess bay scallops on the water outside open harvest areas. It is also illegal to land scallops outside open harvest areas.</p> <p>It is legal to land up to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1 pint of scallop meat each day during the open season. Recreational scallopers cannot possess more than 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a half-gallon of meat aboard any boat.</p> <p>You may catch bay scallops only by hand or with a landing or dip net. They cannot be sold for commercial purposes.</p> <p><b>Great Scallop Search</b></p> <p>Tampa Bay Watch, one of the area's leading environmental groups, is hosting its annual Great Bay Scallop Search on Aug. 28.</p> <p>Volunteer boaters and snorkelers team up to search for scallops in select areas of Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays.</p> <p>The purpose of this program is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population.</p> <p>A record high of 674 scallops were found last year, which shows water quality has improved across Tampa Bay, thanks to the work of Bay Watch and other groups.</p> <p><i>Registration information will be </i><i>available</i><i> at </i>tampabaywatch.org next month.<br /><br />Fourth of July weekend is always one big party for scallopers on the Nature Coast. But this year, snorkelers can hit the water 12 days earlier than usual. The state is opening scallop season Saturday, instead of July 1, to help alleviate some of the economic hardship on Florida's fishing communities that is likely to occur as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:13