One of the most important pieces of gear for boaters going after scallops (besides masks and fins) is an approved dive flag
. These 20-by 24-inch red-and-white flags must be displayed above the highest part of the vessel and must have a stiffener to keep it visible.
In Key Largo, you'll see countless red-and-white dive flags
and tropical fish murals indicating the coral reef at nearby John Pennekamp State Park.
Make sure you have the proper size dive flags
positioned where and when the law requires.
Think nothing of seeing hundreds of boats anchored, flying their dive flags
, over busy flats during the summer harvest, which lasts into September.
This bay is so popular that boaters need to constantly keep an eye out for dive flags
And remind them politely if they're running too fast (above idle speed) near boats flying required dive flags
. After all, scalloping, like fishing, is supposed to be a fun, family-oriented event.
Joe Bay and Keaton Beach with dive flags
, buckets, dip nets, masks and fins.