During August into September, the State of Florida opens a select part of Florida for recreational scalloping. For $75, this company has boat operators take you to the place in Gulf where the little hard shell critters are just waiting to be picked up by YOU! The boats are small, about 4 to 6 customers, they supply the snorkels, fins, water and gatorade. The equipment is all new, and fins are essential to moving efficiently around the water. Most scallops are in about five feet of water. The couple operators that took us out were friendly and helpful, and cleaned the scallops, packing them into little quart bags for my wife and i, which is the legal limit of a pint of cleaned scallops per person. The time started at 9 and we went a bit over, returning about 3:00 PM. Since this is the only way to harvest Florida bay scallops, as commercial fishing is illegal, the number of people on these tours is really quite small, although local folks are everywhere. The Crystal River is the cleanest body of water I have seen anywhere in the world, but is under pressure as a lot of habitats. This is one attraction that should be on you short term must do list.
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