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 5:27 PM EST December  08, 2017 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

10/28/2017

 

Public Reefs

OPEN

10/28/2017

 

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

11/7/2017

Karenia brevis (Red Tide)

Gasparilla Sound SHA# 58

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5802 Gasparilla Sound

Conditionally Approved

 

Aquaculture Leases Closed

11/14/2017

Karenia brevis(Red Tide)

Public Reefs

Closed

11/14/2017

Karenia brevis(Red Tide)

Myakka River SHA# 60

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6002 Myakka River

Conditionally Approved

Closed

12/08/2017

Precautionary Closed Karenia brevis (Red Tide)

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

11/14/2017

Karenia brevis(Red Tide)

Public Reefs

Closed

11/14/2017

Karenia brevis(Red Tide)

6222 Pine Island Section 2 (Matlacha Pass)

Conditionally Approved

 

Closed

 

12/8/17

Precautionary Closed Karenia brevis (Red Tide)

Ten Thousand Islands SHA# 66

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6602 Ten Thousand Islands

Conditionally Approved

Open

11/9/2017

 

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule:  

6212 Sec 1: AUZ sunrise 10/6/17, Public 10/13/17; sunset both RT 11/14/17;

5602: Sunset  10/29/17 RF; sunrise 11/9/17; sunset 11/7/17 RT;   

5802: sunrise AUZ 10/6/17; public 10/13/17 ; sunset PC 11/13/17; Official closure RT 11/14/17 

6602: Precautionary 11/1/17 Pseudo; 11/9/17 sunrise;    

6002: Sunrise 10/03/17;12/8/17 PRC;

6222: Sunrise 10/13/17; 12/8/17 PRC:                                                

**Weather Permitting**

Red Tide Cell Counts                                                                               

Next red tide water samples tentatively scheduled: November 13-17                                                

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