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2023 Scallop Season: What You Need to Know

Hello scallopers and outdoor enthusiasts! The upcoming 2023 scallop season at Steinhatchee Marina is a highly anticipated event for

A bunch of harvested Scallops

many adventure seekers.  With the right preparation, scalloping can be an exciting and rewarding experience for both seasoned scallopers and first timers. In this blog post, we’ll go into more detail on the tips and reminders to help make your trip to Steinhatchee Marina a safe and successful one.

First, it’s important to understand the regulations surrounding scallop harvesting in the area. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has established bag limits, size restrictions, and other rules to help protect the scallop population and ensure that everyone can enjoy the sport for years to come. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these regulations before you head out to the water. You can find them on our website.

Next, let’s talk about gear. At a minimum, you’ll need a mask, snorkel, fins, and a mesh bag to collect your catch. It’s important to make sure your gear fits properly and is in good condition before you head out to the water. Some scallopers prefer to use a dive flag to make themselves more visible to other boaters in the area. If you’re new to scalloping, consider purchasing gear from our store where our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right equipment for your needs.

When planning your trip, consider the best time to go based on factors like weather and tide conditions. Scallop season typically runs from late June to late September, but the exact dates can vary from year to year. Check the FWC website for the most up-to-date information on the season dates. You may also want to consider booking a guide or charter to help you find the best scallop beds in the area. We can provide you with recommendations for local guides or charters.

As you head out to the water, it’s important to be prepared for the elements. Scallopers often spend several hours in the water, so it’s crucial to stay hydrated and protected from the sun. Bring plenty of water, wear high SPF sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. It’s also a good idea to bring a first aid kit, just in case.

Safety should always be your top priority when boating. Make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment on board, including life jackets, flares, and a fire extinguisher. Observe all speed limits and boating regulations in the area and be mindful of other boats and swimmers in the water. If you’re new to boating, consider taking a boating safety course before your trip. For more boat safety tips, check out one of our recent blog posts to stay prepared!

At Steinhatchee Marina, we’re committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all our visitors. By following these tips and reminders, you can ensure that your scalloping trip is safe and successful. We also offer a variety of services, including boat rentals, fuel, ice, bait, and tackle, to make your trip as convenient and enjoyable as possible. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have and help you make the most of your scalloping adventure. Give us a call at 352-541-5960 today! We can’t wait to welcome you to our community and help you make the most of the 2023 scallop season.