Program Info

Website
https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Aquaculture/Shellfish-Harvesting-Area-Classification
Region(s)
NE, NW, SE, SW
Summary
FDACS routinely monitors shellfish harvesting areas for the presence of fecal coliform bacteria. Each year FDACS examines thousands of water samples. The goal is to provide the most shellfish harvesting area possible while protecting the public from shellfish-borne illness. FDACS collects and analyzes data from 1,200 bacteriological sampling stations in 39 shellfish harvesting areas encompassing 1.4 million acres. Water samples at fixed stations throughout a harvest area are analyzed for fecal coliform, DO, salinity, temperature and pH.
Parameters
Fecal coliform, pH, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, daily rainfall, daily river stage (discharge), phytoplankton. Parameters uploaded to WIN include: Carbon- organic, Chlorophyll a- corrected, Chlorophyll a- uncorrected, Color- true, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrate-Nitrite (N), Nitrogen- Total Kjeldahl, Pheophytin a, Phosphorus- Total, Salinity, Temperature- Water, Turbidity, pH
Notes
Application
Classification of shellfish harvest areas
Publications
Internal for management use and daily harvest area status maps
Start
1970
End
Current
Frequency
Monthly
Method
water samples at fixed stations analyzed for fecal coliform, DO, salinity, temperature and pH. Oysters/clam samples within some of the shellfish harvesting areas
Discontinuity
Data Location
STORET/WIN
Data Format
Kedit
Data is uploaded to STORET/WIN
Habitats
Water Column Oyster/Oyster Reef
SEACAR Citation
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) - Division of Aquaculture. (2022). Shellfish Harvest Area Classification Program. Updated 04/03/2024. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. https://data.florida-seacar.org/programs/details/540
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Contacts
Jillian Fleiger

Environmental Administrator, Division of Aquaculture, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Jillian.Fleiger@freshfromflorida.com

850-617-7600

Charlie Culpepper

Assistant Director of Aquaculture

Charlie.Culpepper@fdacs.gov

(850) 617-7600 x400

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Water Column : Nutrients, Water Quality, Water Clarity 06/06/24 06:07 PM Download File - Discrete WQ - 540.zip
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Banana River, Big Bend Seagrasses, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce, St. Martins Marsh, Yellow River Marsh, Nature Coast

Indicators

Indicator
Water Column - Water Quality
Oyster/Oyster Reef - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data WINData_540.xlsx 03/30/21 04:16 PM View Details
Logo FL_Dept_Ag_Consumer_Services_Seal.png 07/23/18 08:40 AM View Details