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The weather continues to plague our fishing here along the Forgotten Coast with heavy rains and cloudy water and at times high winds, it has been tough fishing in shore and off shore alike. And as many of you are now aware our Scallop season remains closed as of this writing due to an algae bloom. If you look hard and listen close there are still a few bright spots to hear about and this week it remains the Highland View bridge. Word is there are still some nice fish being taken at the bridge and the best fishing is from the East side. Live baits are still the bait of choice and we are hearing some nice Flounder are being taken. So hang in there anglers and keep at it. Be sure and monitor the FWC's web. site for more info. on the Scallop season for a possible opening day. Until next week, Happy Fishing !
Monday, July 24, 2017
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com
As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed. This postponement includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. This does not impact other areas currently open for a recreational harvest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is working closely with partners on this postponement including the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), which has also issued a precautionary closure for the harvest of clams, mussels and oysters in St. Joseph Bay.
FWC staff is coordinating with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and FDACS and they will continue to provide support and assistance as necessary. All agencies take all algal blooms seriously and will continue to respond quickly and effectively to ensure the health and safety of Floridians, visitors and our natural resources.
The scallop season is expected to be closed a minimum of two weeks. The FWC will conduct aggressive outreach efforts about the postponed season. The FWC and FDACS will continue sampling and testing scallops and other shellfish in the bay to determine when they are safe for consumption and will continue to work with the local community to determine options on the remainder of the season. More information will be issued once a season opening date has been determined and that date will be posted on the bay scallop page which can be found at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops.”
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