Bay scalloping begins Oct. 1 in Edgartown with the opening of the recreational season.

Selectmen voted to set dates for the 2017-2018 bay scallop season at their meeting Monday.

Family scallopers can go out beginning Sunday in all Edgartown waters. The limit is one 10-gallon wash basket per week. No dragging will be allowed in Cape Pogue until Friday, Oct. 20.

“Most of the scallops are found in Sengekontacket and Cape Pogue, so dragging was postponed to give dip netters and divers a chance to harvest before the commercial season begins,” shellfish constable Paul Bagnall wrote in a letter to selectmen. “This has been a popular policy in the past. There is already a prohibition on dragging for scallops on Sengekontacket.”

The commercial bay scallop season will begin Oct. 23 in all waters. The limit is unchanged, three 10-gallon wash baskets per day, Monday though Friday.

Both the recreational and commercial seasons will close on March 31, 2018, unless shellfishing conditions warrant an extension or an earlier closure, Mr. Bagnall said.

“We’re looking at not our best year, not our worst,” the constable told selectmen. “You say that every year, you can only be wrong twice,” he added with a laugh.