Date:_September 9, 2014

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is temporarily closing the following shellfish area at sunset on Tuesday, September 09, 2014  for the harvest of oysters, clams, and mussels. In this context, shellfish does not include scallops, shrimp, or crabs.


#2501 Horseshoe Beach Summer and #2802 Suwannee Sound Shellfish Harvest Areas

Affected Counties:  Dixie and Levy

Basis for action:

Precautionary emergency closure due to possible presence of red tide and conditions defined in Chapter 5L-1.003(8), Florida Administrative Code

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.

You will be notified as soon as the shellfish area can be re-opened. If you have any further questions concerning the closure of shellfish harvesting areas please contact Mike Kuhman or Mark Dehaven at (352)543-5181. A daily open or closed status report is found on the internet at under the Division of Aquaculture page.  In the event the daily status report cannot be accessed due to server problems, a detailed pre-recorded message of open and closed shellfish harvest areas is available 24 hours a day by calling the above number. For questions concerning scallop harvesting, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (850)487-0554.