Scalloping in Crystal River June 27th to September
Scallop season starts a week early this year
and runs two extra weeks!
A Full Day Of adventure And Fun
like the idea of egg hunts or diving for sunken treasure, you will
love scalloping. With just a mask, snorkel and fins you, too, can jump
in and experience the adventure of diving for scallops. You will float
along the surface quietly, patiently, over a sand bar in the Gulf of
Mexico, off Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast, and take in the
wonderful world of various fishes, plants and coral.
suddenly you will see one. A scallop! Take a deep breath, dive down
and grab it before someone else does! Be sure to look close around and
you just might see more. Remember, scallop beds are located mostly in
shallow water and may only be harvested by hand or net.
Scallops are hard to spot
because their natural coloring allows them to camouflage themselves on
the bottom among the tall grasses. Most of the time their shells are
open to feed and breath, but as soon as they sense an intruder they
slam their shells shut and hide. When threatened, the scallop can swim
backwards or up by clapping its shell halves together and rapidly
The bay scallop is a member
of the shellfish family. Spawning occurs at 1 year of age and in the
fall, when the weather is cool. Unfortunately, only 1 egg out of 12
million will survive to live a full life, and in Florida they usually
only live 1 year.
In the past, Florida’s coasts
were brimming with scallops, but recently they have vanished in many
areas. Scientists believe this shortfall could be due to poor water
quality since scallops are highly sensitive to changes in water. One could
say scallops play an important part within the ecosystem, and observing
scallops is a good way to evaluate the quality of the marine environment.
In 1998, the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) teamed up with the
University of South Florida in an effort to enhance the population of the
scallops in certain areas, as well as eventually launching restrictions to
allow only recreational harvesting. This seems to have worked. From 2000
through 2001, the scallop population has increased significantly, after
harvesting was banned for several years. In 2002, scallop harvesting was
reopened in the Crystal River area, which has become one of the most
popular scallop harvesting destinations in Florida.
What can one say about one of the most
exciting seasons in Florida. You can get together with your family and friends for a fun
filled day on the water scalloping, in Crystal River or Homosassa Florida.
Scalloping it is like easter egg hunting in the water, while
you are snorkeling around gathering scallops you will be looking at other
wildlife that the gulf has to offer.
To Scallop in Florida each
person is required to have a fishing license. However by going with a
Licensed and Insured
captain provides all license,
so you do won't need one.
Enjoy the ride with Captain Charlie and he will
take you to where the scallops are. While going to the Scallop grounds you
will get to enjoy the abundance of wildlife and Natural beauty the Nature
Coast has to offer.
See you on the water.
Scallop Charter Rates
Season starts June 27th to September 24th
Includes fishing License, Mask, Snorkel,
Fins, scalloping bags, cold water to drink and Ice for you to take your
Fresh Scallops home to enjoy.
- No License Required
- We Clean Your Scallops
- Scalloping Rates $75 Adults
$65 Children (10 and under)
- Scenic Tour Included
- Groups up to six people
- Starting time 7:30 A.M.
- Comfortable Boat
Scalloping Crystal River
Hope to see you soon!
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including Holidays With a Reservation
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