Not got your fill of scalloping in Florida this year?
Scalloping season opens in Nantucket on October 3rd.
In the state of Massachusetts, scallop season is open October 1st – March 31st, but each local town sets its own restrictions on scalloping. Nantucket only allows scalloping Wednesday – Sunday so this year’s scallop season will begin on October 3rd. Permits are required and cost is $25 for Nantucket residents and $100 for non-residents. Limits are one bushel per license per week and scallops must have a well- defined raised growth line to be legally harvested. You may not use a motor or sail- powered boat so most people wade or snorkel from shore.
If you really just can’t wait…On Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown is set to open on October 1st and has a limit of one 10-gallon wash basket per week. Lynne Fraker, a commercial scalloper from Vineyard Haven points out that the best scalloping is generally early in the season before the beds get too picked over, and by all means, don’t miss opening day: “Everybody’s out there, it’s a party, it’s a real celebration – you don’t ever want to miss opening day!”
Sound pretty chilly to me…I think I will wait until Florida opens again