Thank you to everyone that tuned in live for the scallop seminar in Steinhatchee last night! We had about 50 people at the in-person event and over 2,400 people tuned in for at least some of the program on the live stream.

The recording is available here and on our Facebook page. We had five speakers that each covered different aspects of recreational scallop season:

Víctor Blanco (UF IFAS Extension Taylor County)

Victor’s talk begins at 17:00 into the recording. Victor spoke about his activities with UF/IFAS Extension in Taylor County, including the artificial reef program and monitoring the economic impact of scallop season on Taylor County.

Savanna Barry (UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station)

Savanna’s talk begins at 30:00 into the recording. Savanna spoke about the ecological importance of seagrass and how to practice seagrass safe boating this scallop season.

Lt. Mike Guy (FWC Law Enforcement)

Lt. Guy’s talk begins at 45:53 into the recording. Lt. Guy’s talk had lots of great reminders about safety, rules, and regulations for boating and scallop season. Be sure to check out his talk to make sure you are ready with the right gear and understand regulations to avoid an uncomfortable situation while out scalloping.

Dr. Steve Geiger (FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

Dr. Geiger’s talk begins at 1:12:00 into the recording. Dr. Geiger talked about the current season scallop population density results, as well as provided great info about scallop biology, safety, and what to expect when scalloping.

Dr. Ray Carthy (UF Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Program)

Dr. Carthy’s talk begins at 1:40:00 into the recording. Dr. Carthy gave an overview of how unmanned aerial aircraft can help study all kinds of environmental phenomena, including scallop season effort and habitat surveys.

Scallops. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

We hope everyone has a safe and productive scallop season – head over to our Scallop Season 2017 post for more information!