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A saltwater product is defined as any marine fish, shellfish, clam, invertebrate, sponge, jellyfish, coral, crustacean, lobster, crab, shrimp, snail, marine plant, echinoderm, sea star, brittle star or urchin, etc., except non-living shells and salted, cured, canned or smoked seafood.

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  • Shellfish: 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 Shellfish Harvest Areas Map

    If using the Shellfish Harvest Areas Map, be sure to click on your area below for daily status updates:  icon_external.png

    • Western Gulf: from Pensacola Bay in Escambia County to East Bay in Bay County
    • Central Gulf: from St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County to Wakulla County
    • Big Bend Gulf: from Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County to Citrus County
    • Southern Gulf: from Boca Ciega Bay in Pinellas County to Ten Thousand Islands in Collier County
    • Atlantic Coast: from the Fort Pierce Inlet in St. Lucie County to the Tolomato River in St. Johns County

    For additional information call 850-617-7600.

  • Wholesale dealers interested in selling lionfish? External Website
  • EO 17-07 - Directed Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Coast Menhaden Prohibited

 


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