scallop grounds - boundary issue

Mr. PMr. P Posts: 8 Greenhorn
Southernmost boundary for Gulf of Mexico scallops is around Aripeka. I launch my boat from Hudson, south of the scallop boundary. Can I drive the boat north into scallop waters, collect scallops within legal limit, and then return south to port in Hudson? I can easily envision getting in hot water for this, even with a chart plotter to "show" where I was.

Or do I need to trailer the boat to Aripeka and go from there?

Thank you in advance.


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,062 Moderator
    No you cannot boat from Hudson to scallop. Law states that scallops must be landed within the area where it is legal to take them. If FWC would stop you between Hernando County Line and Hudson, the officer would have no way to determine where the scallops were collected. I usually day trip it up to Homosassa from NPR several times a year
  • Mr. PMr. P Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    Thanks Jack. That's what I thought. I appreciate the reply.
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,807 Captain
    Well that sucks. Maybe you could stash them on shore and come back for them :)
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,062 Moderator
    That, in fact would be legal. Take them to shore = landing them. Then return via land to retrieve them = legal

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