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

From Boca Ciega Bay in Pinellas County to Ten Thousand Islands in Collier County

 

 

This table of open/closed status was published at 4:24 PM EST October 30th, 2019 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 Southern Gulf Coast field office located in Port Charlotte by calling 941-613-0954     

                                                                                                            

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

For FWC Recreational Regulations please visit http://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.

 

Boca Ciega Bay SHA# 42

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

4202 Boca Ciega Bay

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

Year Round

Administrative

Lower Tampa Bay SHA# 48

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

4802 Lower Tampa Bay

Conditionally Approved

 

Aquaculture Leases

OPEN

9/8/2019

Public Reefs

OPEN

9/8/2019

Sarasota Bay SHA# 54

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5402 Sarasota Bay

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

Year Round

Administrative

Lemon Bay SHA# 56

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5602 Lemon Bay

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

10/30/2019

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Gasparilla Sound SHA# 58

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5802 Gasparilla Sound

Conditionally Approved

 

Aquaculture Leases

CLOSED

10/30/2019

Karenia brevis

Public Reefs

CLOSED

10/30/2019

Karenia brevis

Myakka River SHA# 60

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6002 Myakka River

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

9/28/2018

High Level of Fecal Coliform

6006 Myakka River

Conditionally Restricted

CLOSED

Year Round

 

Pine Island Sound SHA# 62

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6212 Pine Island Section 1

Conditionally Approved

Aquaculture Leases

CLOSED

10/22/2019

 Karenia brevis

Public Reef

CLOSED

10/15/2019

Karenia brevis

6222 Pine Island Section 2 (Matlacha Pass)

Conditionally Approved

 

CLOSED

 

10/15/2019

 Karenia brevis

Ten Thousand Islands SHA# 66

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6602 Ten Thousand Islands

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

10/10/2019

Karenia brevis

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule: 

 

4202: Administrative Closed

4802: rise AUZ 7/4/19; set RF 7/10/19; AUZ rise 7/14/19; rise 7/27/19; set 9/2/19; rise 9/8/19

5402: Administrative Closed

5602: set 11/7/17; set PC 5/9/19; rise 5/11/19; set RF 10/20/19 ; set RT 10/30/19

5802: set PC 11/13/18; set 11/14/17; Rise 7/4/19; set PC 10/24/19; set RT 10/30/19

6002: set PC 12/8/17; set 1/17/18; rise 5/11/18; set RF 5/25/18; rise 6/24/18; set 8/3/18 

6212: rise SHA 4/30/19; set SHA 6/18/19; rise SHA 10/9/19; set SHA 10/15/19; AUZ set 10/22/19

6222: rise 12/19/18; set RF 6/6/19; rise 6/15/19; set 8/18/19; rise 8/24/19; set 10/15/19

6602: rise 03/01/19; set 6/16/19; rise 7/12/19; set 8/13/19; rise 8/24/19; set 10/10/19  

 

**Weather Permitting**

                                                     

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