Oyster conservation measures implemented in St. Andrews Bay

In an effort to conserve oyster resources in St. Andrews Bay and allocate the resource throughout the season, the commercial bag limit will be lowered to five bags per person or a total of 10 bags of oyster per vessel starting Oct. 1 in all of Bay County. A bag is equivalent to 60 pounds (or 10 gallons). This change will be in effect through June 30, 2017. Before the change, the bag limit was 20 bags per person or vessel. The bag limit was lowered last year from Oct. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, to 10 per vessel. This change does not apply to active oyster leases and all other regulations remain in effect.