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Shellfish Harvesting Areas Closing

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is temporarily closing shellfish areas for the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels.

In this context, shellfish does not include scallops, shrimp or crabs.

The following areas are closed at this time:

  • #1022 North Bay Eastern Shellfish Harvest Area - Bay County
  • #1012 North Bay Western Shellfish Harvest Area - Bay County

The closure is based on a change in conditions specifically required under the management plan. Water samples will continue to be collected and analyzed for the area until the sample results conform to the management plan.

Any further questions concerning the closure of shellfish harvesting areas please contact Loanna Torrance or Jillian Fleiger at (850)236-2200.  The Division of Aquaculture's Daily Status report is found on the internet at under the shellfish harvesting tab.