Florida Closes Apalachicola Bay Until 2025 to Conserve Oysters

December 17, 2020 Associated Press

Because of a dwindling oyster population, a Florida agency voted unanimously Wednesday to shut down oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay through the end of 2025, dealing a blow to an area that historically produced 90% of the state’s oysters and 10% of the nation’s.

Bay Scallop Season Starts in Gulf County, FL

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set the 2020 bay scallop season in Gulf County which includes St. Joseph Bay to open Aug. 16, 2020, and remain open through Sept. 24, 2020, closing Sept. 25.

FWC’s New Stone Crab Regulations Spark Economic Concerns For Fisheries

The global coronavirus pandemic cut the 2019-2020 stone crab season short, and new regulations designed to curb overfishing have the industry worried about further economic harm.