Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Allowable shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) harvesting areas are established and managed for public health purposes by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture. Shellfish harvesting areas are opened and closed in accordance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Guidelines, and the open or closed status applies to both recreational and commercial harvest. You may view maps of these areas and determine the open or closed status at: www.floridaaquaculture.com icon_external.png or get additional information by calling 850-617-7600.

Oysters

Min. Size Limit Bag limit Closed Seasons* 
3 inches

NEW: Effective June 1 - Aug. 31, 2014:

the daily recreational harvest, vessel and possession limit has been lowered to five gallons of oysters in the shell.

June, July and August in Dixie, Levy and Wakulla counties

July, August and September all other counties

Apalachicola Bay (as defined in Rule 68B-27.013(1), F.A.C. icon_external.png) has specific closed seasons as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

*All harvest is also prohibited when shellfish harvesting areas are in the closed status as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Hard Clams

(any species of the genus Mercenaria, also known as quahog)

 

Min. Size Limit Bag limit  Closed Seasons*   
1-inch thick across the hinge one 5-gallon bucket per person or two per vessel, whichever is less, per day.   None

*All harvest is also prohibited when shellfish harvesting areas are in the closed status as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



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