Scallopers get additional Harvest time
Saturday marks the early opening of scallop season in areas of Florida from Mexico Beach in North Florida to the Pasco-Hernando border. The season extends through Sept. 25. State officials added three weeks to scallop season this year in hopes of relieving the economic hardships of communities affected by the 2010 BP oil spill.
It is illegal to land bay scallops in waters outside of the designated areas. The daily limit is 2 gallons of whole bay scallops or 1 pint of meat per person.
For a complete list of scallop rules, visit MyFWC.com.
Learn about state of local reefs
If you're looking for something free and interesting to do next month, there will be a multimedia presentation at St. Petersburg College on the state of Pinellas County reefs. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Clearwater campus of the college. Topics discussed will include training sport divers to monitor the reefs, reef cleanups, water quality and data from sport diver surveys. For information, go to www.reefmonitoring.org.
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Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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