Scallop Enhancement for Increased Recreational Fishing Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle
State of Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Engineering and/or Construction
This project involves enhancing local scallop populations in targeted areas in the Florida Panhandle. The improvements include the harvesting and redistribution of naturally-occurring juvenile scallops supplemented with stocking from a commercial scallop hatchery. Implementing this project will hopefully increase scallop populations in the targeted locations to self-sustaining levels that will support recreational harvests within 3-5 years in Bay County (St. Andrew Bay system) and within 10 years in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties (Pensacola Bay/Santa Rosa Sound) and possibly Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Scallop populations in Gulf and Franklin Counties have also been targeted for enhancement in order to reduce the risk of population collapses in current recreationally harvested areas.