Commissioner Fried & FDACS Announce Emergency Closure of Shellfish Harvesting Areas Due to Tropical Storm Nestor


Oct 18, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Nestor approaches Florida’s coast, Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the temporary closures of various shellfish harvesting areas effective today, Friday, October 18, 2019 at sunset for the harvest of oysters, clams, and mussels.

“Our top priority is the safety of Florida’s residents, visitors, and industries as Tropical Storm Nestor threatens our Gulf coast,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Closing these shellfish harvesting areas is an important precautionary measure, and the Department will continue to monitor the storm and begin to re-open facilities once we can ensure no threat from storm surge and dangerous rainfall.”

The below listed shellfish harvesting areas will remain closed until further notice:

Citrus, Dixie, and Levy County: #2502 Horseshoe Beach, #301 Cedar Key Approved, #3012 Cedar Keys Zone A, #3022 Cedar Key Zone B, #3203 Waccasassa Bay, and #3701 Citrus County Spring/Fall Shellfish Harvest Areas.

Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla County: #2222 Wakulla CA Zone 2, #2212 Wakulla CA Zone 1, #2002 Ochlockonee Bay CA, #1801 Alligator Harbor Approved, #1601 Apalachicola Approved Winter East, #1611 Apalachicola Approved Winter West, #1612 Apalachicola CA Winter West 1, #1622 Apalachicola CA Winter West 2, #1632 Apalachicola CA Winter West 3, #1642 Apalachicola CA Winter East, #1512 Indian Lagoon CA Spring/Fall, and #1401 St Joe Bay Approved

If circumstances allow, shellfish harvesting areas may be re-opened early. The Department will send out notifications as soon as a shellfish harvesting area can be re-opened. For more information, visit the FDACS website to check the Shellfish Harvesting Area Status.

SHA Map Emergency Closure 10-18-2019

Shellfish Harvesting Area Map displays the 2-digit shellfish harvesting number for the map of the corresponding area.