Scalloping in Citrus County: A Tasty Underwater Treasure Hunt for the Whole Family!

By: Lauren Tjaden


It’s part treasure hunt. It’s part snorkeling adventure. And it’s pure fun – for the whole gang!

I’m talking about scalloping in Citrus County, a tasty Sunshine State tradition that you’ve got to try. In this underwater treasure hunt, you gather scallops on the grassy sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico. All you need is a boat, a snorkel and an appetite for seafood!

Worried about plunging into the deep?

Don’t get your beach towel in a twist!

The seagrass beds are only five or six feet underwater, and seafood lovers of all ages can enjoy this adventure.

The Rules:

  • Scallopers over the age of 16 need a Florida fishing license.
  • State regulations allow each person to collect two gallons of whole bay scallops or one pint of meat, with no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or half a gallon of meat on any vessel at any time.
  • Scallops may only be taken by hand or with a landing or dip net.

Smart beach bunnies will start planning their getaways before the next high tide; scalloping season runs from July 1 to Sept. 10, 2012.

For more information on Citrus County scalloping and a list of guides, contact the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau (phone: 800-587-6667).
Insider’s Tip: Licensed guides are a popular choice and provide all the necessary equipment.

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