Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2014
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 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 may also be targeted for enhancement if it is deemed appropriate in order to reduce the risk of population collapses in current recreationally harvested areas.