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

From Pensacola Bay in Escambia County to East Bay in Bay County

 

 

This table of open/closed status was published at 3:00 PM CDT January 27, 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 Western Gulf Coast field office located in Panama City by calling 850-236-2200     

                                                                                                            

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.

 

Pensacola Bay System SHA# 02

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

0222 Escambia Bay

Conditionally Approved

Public Reefs

OPEN*

 

12/15/2022

 

 

Leases

OPEN*

 

12/15/2022

 

 

0232 East Bay

Conditionally Approved

Public Reefs

OPEN*

 

01/19/2023

 

 

Leases

OPEN*

 

01/19/2023

 

 

Choctawhatchee SHA# 06

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

0622 Choctawhatchee Bay Central

Conditionally Approved

OPEN

10/01/2022

 

0632 Choctawhatchee Bay Eastern

Conditionally Approved

 

OPEN

 

01/21/2023

 

 

West Bay SHA #08

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

0822 West Bay

Conditionally Approved

Public Reefs

OPEN

 

10/01/2022

 

 

Leases

OPEN

 

09/18/2022

 

 

North Bay SHA #10

 

Status

Date

Reason/Notes

1012 North Bay Western

Conditionally Approved

 

CLOSED

 

01/26/2023

 

Rainfall Management

1022 North Bay Eastern

Conditionally Approved

CLOSED

01/23/2023

River management

East Bay SHA #12

 

Status

Date

Reasons/Notes

1212 East Bay

Conditionally Approved

OPEN*

10/01/2022

 

 

Industry Notes: Weekly FC test schedule:                                                             

**Weather Permitting**

 

Tentative Sample Date

Area

Results Expected

Results

Comments

01/30/2023

1012

02/01/2023

 

Re-open sampling

01/30/2023

1022

02/01/2023

 

Re-open sampling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*New boundary lines take effect 1-18-2023

 

Red Tide Cell Counts:

Next red tide water samples tentatively scheduled:

Red tide meat samples tentatively scheduled: 

 

                                                     

For more 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