oyster industry

Jason Tereska / WFSU News

An hour and a half’s drive southwest of Tallahassee is the port city of Apalachicola. The 200-year-old town is home to a dominant industry: seafood. And in that industry, the oyster is king. But over the past 10 years, it’s gotten hard to make a living on the oyster and the bay.

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oysters on the half shell
Farrukh Younus via Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest this winter, and harvesting may need to stop altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Government officials are already calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay, but it’s not clear how useful that can be. 

oysters on the half shell
Farrukh Younus via Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest this winter, but it’s also mulling plans to ban harvesting altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Government officials are now calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam addressed  Apalachicola Bay’s struggling oyster industry Friday. Putnam says extra efforts need to be devoted to preserving the industry.

He says the continued decline of oysters in Apalachicola Bay is a threat not only to the North Florida economy but the entire state’s.

oyster cage on boat
Mark Warner via Flickr

Large-scale oyster farming is about to take hold in Florida with the state’s approval of dozens of aquaculture leases Tuesday. Environmental officials hope growing the bivalves in cages takes pressure off the struggling wild oyster industry in the Florida Panhandle.

Tuesday’s vote by the Florida Cabinet marks the first time the state has zoned a large area for oyster farming—70 acres of Wakulla County’s Oyster Bay. Of 38 plots available, just under half have been leased for the next decade to hopeful farmers.

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