Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lowers Commerical Oyster Bag Limit

By Larissa Scott | lscott@wmbb.com

Published 09/29 2016 07:30PM

Updated 09/29 2016 07:30PM

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With the start of the oyster harvest season just days away, any commercial fishermen with plans to collect oysters, should be aware of the recent changes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has made, before getting on the water. 
 
In an effort to help the oyster population in the St. Andrew Bay recover, and to be able to distribute them throughout the entire season, FWC reduced the commercial bag limit from 10 bags per person or vessel to 5 bags per person or a total of 10 bags of oyster per vessel. 
 
A bag is equivalent to 60 pounds or 10 gallons.
 
According to FWC, the new bag limits are important to improving the oyster population and for conservation.
 
"Based on the local oyster industry and the concerns that they've had with the oyster population, due to that we've moved from 10 bags per person to 5 bags per person." said FWC Spokesperson Bekah Nelson.
 
The new bag limits will go into effect October 1st through June 30th of next year. This change does not apply to active oyster leases. All other regulations remain in effect. 
 

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