However, he had a little surprise up his sleeve. Knowing in advance that some of us ladies had a 6 hour scalloping trip planned with Capt. Kyle Messier later that month, he opted to begin with a short informative overview of the bay scallop. That was a nice start to the evening.
Technically, this species of scallops are called Florida bay scallops. Bay scallops and sea scallops are closely related members of the same family of shellfish. Both make extremely good eating. Gourmets particularly prize bay scallops, which are much smaller than sea scallops, for their tenderness and the sweetness of their flavor.
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_5410054_sea-scallops-vs-bay-scallops.html
This year, 2014, the scallop season opened June 28th and closes Sept. 24th.
RG told us that every June, the FWC marks off and grids a popular scalloping area and does a physical survey of the number of scallops in that particular area. Based on that information, the FWC can make basic predictions about how successful the season may or may not be. The outcome of these surveys give them the information they need in order to made adjustments to the regulations if need be. For instance, maybe they would cut back on the bag limit or something similar in order to protect and maintain the population over the course of the scalloping season.. This is one of the reasons RG wasn't in favor of opening the season early like they did. He just felt like the June 28th opening day was really too soon. Unfortunately, though, politics gets in the way of "the right thing to do" and the flow of revenue into the counties and towns over-ride better judgment calls.