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 1:56 pm EST January 12th, 2023 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-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.

 

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

CLOSED

 

12/13/2022

 

Karenia brevis

Public Reefs

CLOSED

 

12/6/2022

 

Karenia brevis

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

11/2/2022

Karenia brevis  

Gasparilla Sound SHA# 58

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

5802 Gasparilla Sound

Conditionally Approved

 

Aquaculture Leases

CLOSED

11/1/22

Karenia brevis

Public Reefs

CLOSED

11/1/22

Karenia brevis

Myakka River SHA# 60

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6002 Myakka River

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

11/14/2022

Pine Island Sound SHA# 62

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6212 Pine Island Section 1

Conditionally Approved

Aquaculture Leases

CLOSED

 

11/15/2022

Karenia brevis                                                        

Public Reef

CLOSED

 

10/24/2022

Karenia brevis                                                                           

6222 Pine Island Section 2

(North Matlacha Pass)

Conditionally Approved

 

OPEN

 

1/13/2023

  

6232 Pine Island Section 3

(South Matlacha Pass)

Conditionally Approved

 

CLOSED

 

12/1/2022

 

Karenia brevis   

Ten Thousand Islands SHA# 66

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

6602 Ten Thousand Islands

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

1/12/2023

Precautionary: Karenia brevis    

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule: 

 

4202: Administrative Closed

4802: rise AUZ 11/15/22; set AUZ 12/6/22; set 12/6/22 RT; rise AUZ 12/9/22; set AUZ 12/13/22

5402: Administrative Closed

5602: rise 1/15/22; set 5/8/22; rise 5/27/22; set 9/10/22; rise 9/16/22; set 9/27/22; set 11/2/22 RT

5802: set AUZ 3/1/21; rise AUZ/SHA 12/16/21; set 7/12/22; rise 7/14/22; set 9/27/22; set 11/1/22 RT

6002: rise 10/23/21; set 5/4/22; rise 5/8/22; set 7/1/22; rise 7/16/22; set 9/11/22; rise 11/14/22

6212: rise 6/5/22; set 7/12/22; rise 7/14/22; set 9/27/22; set 10/24/22 RT; set AUZ 11/15/2022 RT  

6222: rise 7/17/21; set 6/4/22; rise 6/10/22; set 6/20/22; rise 6/24/22; set 9/27/22; rise 1/13/23   

6232: rise 7/17/21; set 6/4/22; rise 6/10/22; set 6/20/22; rise 6/24/22; set 9/27/22; set 12/1/22 RT   

6602: set 9/27/22; rise 10/21/22; set 11/15/22 PRT; set 11/29/22 RT; rise 1/11/23; set 1/12/23 PRT

 

**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