PORT ST. JOE, Fla. - The wait is over for seafood lovers. Scallop season opens this weekend in St. Joseph Bay.
On Wednesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials announced the now 16-day season.
This comes on the heels of Gulf County celebrating their 21st Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival at George Core Park in two weeks.
"I'm very excited to celebrate what we have in the Bay, and what we have in Gulf County and we've just really been trying to show the beauty that this county has to offer and this beautiful park does it all for us," said Florida Scallop & Music Festival Coordinator Lianna Sagins.
Scallop season will open September 23rd.
It was postponed because of an algae bloom in the water nearly two months ago.
Now, people will have more options to enjoy scallops; by catching and cooking them on their own, or simply trying some at the festival.
"It's definitely a huge event that draws a ton of people from this area and outside areas. And there are so many local seafood vendors," said Hagins.
For those who still want to catch scallops out in Gulf County waters, the bag limits of two gallons of whole bay scallops in the shells still applies. But while the season is going on, locals say the festival is fun for everyone.
"It's not just for the music lover. It could be for anyone looking to see the arts and crafts, we've got great food, we've got great local vendors here so we're really excited," said Hagins.
The last day of harvest for scallop season is October 8th, and closing October 9th.
For more information on scallop season, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing. For more information on the Florida Scallop and Music Festival visit www.scallopfest.fl.org
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