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

From Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County to Citrus County

 

 

This table of open/closed status was published at 10:00 AM EDT July 1, 2024, 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 Big Bend Gulf Coast field office located in Cedar Key by calling 352-543-5181     

                                                                                                            

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-Information 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.

 

Horseshoe Beach SHA# 25

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

2502 Horseshoe Beach

Conditionally Approved

(Wild harvest areas)

CLOSED

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August

2502 Horseshoe Beach

Conditionally Approved

Aquaculture Use Zones

(Horseshoe, Long Bar, Shired Reef, Pine Island leases)

OPEN

 

 

Suwannee Sound SHA#28

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

2802 Suwannee Sound

Spring/Summer (February-September)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August.

2812 Suwannee Sound

Winter (October-January)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

Seasonally

Cedar Key SHA#30

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

3001 Cedar Key

Approved

(Including Gulf Jackson, Pelican Reef and Derricks Aquaculture Use Zones)

OPEN

 

 

3012 Cedar Key Zone A

Conditionally Approved Aquaculture Use Zones

(Including Dog Island, Dog Island East, Scale Key, Corrigan’s and Corrigan’s North)

OPEN

 

 

3012 Cedar Key Zone A

Conditionally Approved

(Wild harvest areas)

 

CLOSED

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August.

3022 Cedar Key Zone B

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August.

Waccasassa Bay SHA#32

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

3202 Waccasassa Bay

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August.

Withlacoochee Bay SHA#34

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

3402 Withlacoochee Bay

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

6/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed June, July, and August.

Citrus County SHA#37

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

3701 Citrus County

Spring/Fall (March-June, October)

Approved

CLOSED

7/01/2024

Wild oyster harvest seasonally closed July, August, and Sept.

3702 Citrus County

Winter (November-February)

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

 

Seasonally

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule:    

                                                         

**Weather Permitting**

Tentative Sample Date

Area

Results Expected

Results

Comments

7/08

#32 Waccasassa

7/10

 

Routine samples

7/09

#25 Horseshoe Beach

7/11

 

Routine samples

 

 

 

 

Routine samples

 

 

 

 

Routine samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Tide Cell Counts:  All samples 0 cells/L

                                      

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/