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Gulf Coast scallop season’s here

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Regulations and harvest areas have been set for the Florida Gulf Coast’s June 27 to Sept. 24 bay scallop season. Two gallons of whole bay scallops in their shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat per person is permitted for harvesting throughout the Gulf Coast’s four open harvest zones: St. Joseph Bay, St. Marks, Steinhatchee, and Homosassa. Collectively, these four harvest zones connect and run up from the Pasco-Hernando County line, just north of Tampa, to the west bank…

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More than 6,000 manatees counted in Florida waters this year

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Volunteers from 11 different agencies counted more than 6,000 manatees in Florida waters last month. That’s nearly 1,000 more than were counted five years ago the last time such a high count was conducted. The 20 volunteer observers counted 3,333 manatees along the Atlantic coast and 2,730 in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission attribute this year’s success with warm temperatures and sunny days. “Manatees used warm-water sites and other winter habitat areas…

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