Described as fishing, snorkeling and a treasure hunt all in one, scalloping season has officially begun in Crystal River, Florida, also known as the Manatee Capital of the World. Scalloping is a long-time Florida tradition in the Big Ben Region, and guides in Crystal River and Homosassa are ready to lead travelers to the region on a unique outdoor adventure.
The county’s sweet bay scallops can be found in just three–eight feet of water along the grassy beds of the Gulf of Mexico. Guides and rental services can take you to best spots, provide all the gear and offer helpful tips. Several marinas and outfitters also provide all the necessary equipment for people who prefer to venture out on their own.
After a scalloping trip, travelers can take their catch to several restaurants for a Cook-Your-Catch meal.
“Scalloping is a favorite annual pastime in Citrus County, and people look forward to it all year,” said John Pricher, executive director, Discover Crystal River. “Despite all the health concerns, last year’s season was fairly busy since scalloping is a great way to safely get outside to spend time with friends and family. Now that more people feel safe traveling, we expect this summer to be a big success.”
Scalloping is a seasonal activity — this year, the season runs July 1–Sept. 24 — and provides a sustainable food source. During the off season, the local bay scallop population replenishes itself, and the area’s practices include bag limits and designated scalloping areas.
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