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Bay scallop season starts today

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Bay scallop season begins today for the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve and the St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve.

It runs through September 24.

The region is home to the state's largest population of bay scallops.

Thousands of families visit the area every year to dive for those tasty sea creatures.

The most popular destinations include Crystal River, Homosassa Springs, Steinhatchee and St. Marks.

The region contains some of the world's most immense coastal salt marshes and includes the second-largest contiguous seagrass bed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Seagrass communities are vital to the health of estuaries in the region and support many of the area's economically important commercial and recreational fisheries.

The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve is the largest of Florida's 41 aquatic preserves, spanning more than 984,000 acres. 

For more information on Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve, click HERE

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/ 

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