Note: In addition to the regulations listed below, there is more information available about Florida Freshwater Mussels and Clams and related research.

Certain families of freshwater mussels may be collected for personal use. The bag limit for freshwater mussels from these families is 10 per person (or 20 half shells). The possession limit is two days bag limit (see images below and FAQ).

Mussels shall be taken by hand-picking only. Use of brailles, crowfoot bars, or other mechanical methods is prohibited. Freshwater mussels, live or dead, may not be taken for later sale.

Florida Shiny Spike, 3" minimum sizePaper pondshell, minimum size 3.5 inches

Sizes indicated are average adult dimensions for identification purposes only.

 

Other clams

Species of freshwater mussels from other families, such as the Asian clam, have no bag or possession limits.

Asian Clam



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