Oyster conservation measures implemented in St. Andrews Bay
In an effort to conserve oyster resources in St. Andrews Bay and allocate the resource throughout the season while still maintaining harvest opportunities, several conservation measures will soon be implemented.
These changes affect all state waters of St. Andrews Bay in Bay County.
Commercial harvest will open Sept. 1 and remain open through June 30, 2018. The season is normally closed July 1 through Sept. 30.
During the open season, commecial harvesters are limited to five bags per person or a total of 10 bags of oyster per vessel. A bag is equivalent to 60 pounds (or 10 gallons). This change does not apply to active oyster leases.
Also, from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2017, commercial harvest is closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
All other regulations remain in effect.
Learn more about commercial oyster harvest at MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Commercial” and “Oyster.”