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Scallop Enhancement for Increased Recreational Fishing Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle

Implementing Organization

State of Florida

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$2,890,250

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

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.

Contact

Steve Geiger
(727) 502-4918
steve.geiger@myfwc.com
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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