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Sarah Stephenson, assistant research scientist for the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, left, and Research Scientist Dr. Steven Geiger, also with the FWRI, explain how their scallop survey is an important tool in determining the overall population of scallops in the Gulf of Mexico.
Molluscan measures

Before scallop harvesters even searched the gulf June 27 for those delicious mollusks, researchers with state wildlife management did their part to monitor and forecast scallop populations.

Each summer since 1994 when statewide management took hold, biologists with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) assess scallop populations along the Gulf coast’s open and closed recreational harvest areas. 

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