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 1:52 PM EST August 23, 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 http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/commercial/oyster

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 http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/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

7/14/2019

Public Reefs

OPEN

7/27/2019

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

OPEN

6/21/2019

Gasparilla Sound SHA# 58

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5802 Gasparilla Sound

Conditionally Approved

 

Aquaculture Leases

OPEN

7/4/2019

Public Reefs

OPEN

7/4/2019

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

OPEN

12/20/2018

 

Public Reef

CLOSED

6/18/2019

Pyrodinium bahamese

6222 Pine Island Section 2 (Matlacha Pass)

Conditionally Approved

 

OPEN

 

8/24/2019

 

Ten Thousand Islands SHA# 66

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6602 Ten Thousand Islands

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

8/24/2019

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule: 

 

4202: Administrative Closed

4802: set RF 6/30/19; Rise AUZ 7/4/19; set RF 7/10/19; AUZ rise 7/14/19; rise 7/27/19

5402: Administrative Closed

5602: set 11/7/17; set PC 5/9/19; rise 5/11/19  

5802: set PC 11/13/18; set 11/14/17; Rise 7/4/19

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 AUZ 12/20/18; rise SHA 4/18/19; Set SHA 4/23/19; rise SHA 4/30/19; set SHA 6/18/19

6222: set 11/20/18; rise 12/19/18; set RF 6/6/19; rise 6/15/19; set 8/18/19; rise 8/24/19

6602: set PC 11/27/18; rise 03/01/19; set 6/16/19; rise 7/12/19; set 8/13/19; rise 8/24/19  

 

**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