JLs Scallop Beds

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Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Scallop Drift
Scallop Drift | © Phil Watson

Depth: 10 metres (33 feet) to 17 metres (56 feet)

The goal on a drift dive at JL's Scallop Beds is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see scallops straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

In Summer the scallops can generally be found in the areas nearby with depths ranging from 14 metres to 17 metres. The scallops like the cooler deeper water in summer.

In Winter the scallops are typically found in the areas nearby with depths ranging for 10 metres to 15 metres. The move into shallower waters for added warmth in winter.

Typically you would head out to this dive site from the Rye Boat Ramp and head west. The dive site is midway between Blairgowrie Pier and Rye Pier, just out from the Tyrone Boat Ramp in the Whitecliffs area. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

JL's Scallop Beds is named after local diving legend John Lawler, a life member of the Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG) independent dive club, and co-founder and past president of the Victorian Artificial Reef Society (VARS). But don't blame JL if you don't find the scallops. They do move about.

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

Safety Tip: We recommend you read our Boat Diving Safety and Using a Dive Float and Flag pages and use the described Cray/Drift Buoy Line Diver Freedom System when drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 21.525′ S   (38.35875° S / 38° 21′ 31.5″ S)
Longitude: 144° 48.243′ E   (144.80405° E / 144° 48′ 14.58″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 14:09:35 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:31:21 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 673 m, bearing 266°, W
Depth: 10 to 17 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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