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Crustaceans and Mollusks

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Must remain in whole condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).

Measured as total length.Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.

State regulations apply in federal waters.

Additional gear rules apply. See Reef Fish Gear Rules.

THarvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.

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Crab, Blue

Closed Season:

  • Regional trap closures apply. See Management Zones for 2014 trap closure dates and locations.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 gallons whole per harvester per day

Remarks

  • 5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.
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Crab, Blue Land

Closed Season:

  • July 1–Oct. 31

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 20 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Trapping prohibited, harvest of egg-bearing females prohibited, harvest prohibited in state parks and from the right-of-way of federal, state or county maintained roads.
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Crab, Stone

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 2 ¾” claw

Closed Season:

  • May 16–Oct. 14

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 gal. Stone Crab claws per harvester or 2 gal. per vessel, whichever is less

Remarks

  • 5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Illegal to possess whole crab. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.
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Oysters

Minimum Size Limit:

  • 3″

Closed Season:

  • June, July, Aug. in Dixie, Wakulla, Levy counties.
  • July, Aug., Sept. in all other areas.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 bags per harvester or vessel, whichever is less per day.
  • 1 Bag = 60 lbs. or two 5 gal. buckets (whole in shell)

Remarks

  • Apalachicola Bay has summer & winter seasons/areas.
  • Harvest from approved shellfish areas during daylight hours only.
  • Go to www.floridaaquaculture.com for allowable harvesting areas.
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Shrimp

Closed Season:

  • April & May closed to Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler & Clay counties

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 gallons heads on per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less
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Spiny Lobster

Minimum Size Limit:

  • Carapace must be greater than 3″ measured in the water

Seasons:

  • Regular Season Closed April 1 – August 5
  • Sport Season Open July 30-31, 2014

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Sport season: 6 per harvester per day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, 12 per day in all other harvest areas.

Remarks

  • Recreational trapping prohibited. Spiny Lobster permit required when license required. Harvest of egg-bearing females prohibited. Special bag limit for 2-day Sport Season.
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Bay Scallops T

Closed Season:

  • Sept. 25–June 30

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 gallons whole or 1 pint meat per harvester per day; no more than 10 gallons whole, or ½ gallon meat per vessel anytime

Remarks

  • Harvest allowed only in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pasco-Hernando county line, to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. It is illegal to harvest, possess and land bay scallops on waters outside open harvest area.
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Clams (Hard)

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 1″ thick across hinge

Closed Season:

  • May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • One 5 gal. bucket per harvester or 2 per vessel, whichever is less per day (whole in shell)

Remarks

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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