Daily Open/Closed Status of Shellfish Harvest Areas for the Central Gulf:

From St. Joe Bay in Gulf County to Wakulla County

 

 

This table of open/closed status was published at 9:30 AM EST May 26th, 2020 and will remain in effect until there is a change in status. Closures become effective at sunset and re-openings become effective at sunrise

 

Commercial shellfish harvesters must abide by all monthly harvest time/temperature regulations pursuant to Rule 5L-1.

 

Daily status is also available from the Central Gulf Coast field office located in Apalachicola by calling 850-653-8317     

                                                                                                            

For FWC Commercial Regulations please visit https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/commercial/oysters/

For FWC Recreational Regulations please visit https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/shellfish/

 

Harvest of any shellfish species is prohibited year-round in waters not meeting approved or conditionally approved classification, including any unclassified waters. For classification maps please visit https://www.fdacs.gov/Agriculture-Industry/Aquaculture/Shellfish-Harvesting-Area-Classification/Shellfish-Harvesting-Area-Maps and click on area number of interest.

 

The harvest of wild oysters is prohibited per FWC July 1st through September 30th except in Wakulla, Dixie and Levy counties harvest areas where the harvest of wild oysters is closed June 1st through August 30th. Open/Close status during these months are for aquaculture leases and wild clam harvest only.

 

St. Joe Bay SHA# 14

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

1401 St. Joe Bay

Approved

 

CLOSED

 

5/21/20

 

 

 

 

 

Biotoxin

Pseudo-Nitzschia bloom

Indian Lagoon SHA# 15

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

1512 Indian Lagoon

Spring/Fall

(March-June, October)

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

 

3/20/20

 

Passing Samples

1542 Indian Lagoon Zone A

Winter

(November-February)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

    

Seasonal

1552 Indian Lagoon Zone B

Winter

(November-February)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal

 

1506 Indian Lagoon

Conditionally Restricted

CLOSED

Year Round

 

Apalachicola Winter (September-May) SHA #16

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

1601 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Approved

OPEN

 

 

 

3/18/20

 

 

Passing Samples

1611 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Approved

OPEN

 

 

 

3/18/20

 

 

Passing Samples

1612 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

Except waters south of a line running due east of the mouth of Sheepshead Bayou

5/8/20

 

 

 

 

Passing Samples

FWC EO 19-26

 

 

 

1622 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

Except waters south of a line running due east of the mouth of Sheepshead Bayou

 

5/8/20

Passing Samples

 

 

FWC EO 19-26

 

 

1632 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

 

 

4/23/20

Passing samples

1642 Apalachicola Bay

Winter

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

5/3/20

Passing Samples

1606 Apalachicola Bay

Conditionally Restricted

CLOSED

Year Round

 

Apalachicola Summer

(June-August) SHA #16

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

1621 Apalachicola Bay

Summer

Approved

CLOSED

 

 

Seasonal

1671 Apalachicola Bay

Summer

Approved

CLOSED

 

Seasonal

1652 Apalachicola Bay

Summer

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

Seasonal

1662 Apalachicola Bay

Summer

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

 

Seasonal

Alligator Harbor SHA #18

 

Status

Date

Reasons/Notes

1801 Alligator Harbor

Approved

OPEN

 

 

10/22/19

 

 

 

Ochlocknee Bay SHA #20

 

Status

Date

Reasons/Notes

2002 Ochlockonee Bay

(October-June)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

 

5/21/20

 

 

Rainfall Management

2006 Ochlockonee Bay

Conditionally Restricted

CLOSED

Year Round

 

Wakulla County SHA #22

 

Status

Date

Reasons/Notes

2212 Wakulla County Zone 1

Fall/Winter/Spring

 (September-May)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

5/21/20

 

 

Rainfall Management

2222 Wakulla County Zone 2

Fall/Winter/Spring

 (September-May)

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

 

5/24/20

 

 

Passing Samples

2206 Wakulla County

Conditionally Restricted

CLOSED

Year Round

 

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule:                                                             

**Weather Permitting**

Red Tide Cell Counts                                                                               

Next red tide water samples tentatively scheduled:                                                 

Red tide meat samples tentatively scheduled: 

 

                                                     

For my information on Red Tide in Florida please visit:

 

http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/5657/97320/FDACS-P-00080.pdf