Oystermen in Florida’s iconic Apalachicola Bay say they are facing a crisis which amounts to a ‘perfect storm’ causing an oyster fishery collapse. They are asking for a concerted effort by Florida officials to overcome decades of legal battles with neighboring states (Georgia and Alabama) and the federal government to quickly restore the flow of freshwater to the Bay.

Host: Trimmel Gomes


Past President of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Don Ashley

Weekend Oyster Harvesting Put On Hold In Apalachicola Bay

Nov 9, 2012

Starting next week, it will be off-limits to commercially harvest oysters on the weekend in Apalachicola Bay. State officials made the decision after finding the oyster population cannot sustain the minimum harvest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hoping the closure will give the oysters time to recover their lost numbers.

Local Company Ships Much Needed Support To Apalachicola Bay Area

Nov 5, 2012

In Apalachicola Bay, depleted fisheries are creating dire woes for a large percentage of the population. Affording basic necessities is becoming a challenge. And a local Tallahassee company, Infinity Development Software, is trying to help them out. The company is partnering with the aid coalition Franklin’s Promise.

Bay County Oystermen Ask For and Reiceve Stricter Regulations

Sep 28, 2012

Bay County is facing new limits on oyster harvesting. That’s because the shellfish is reaching critically low numbers in the County’s East Bay. Local oystermen say the new limits are needed for the industry’s survival. The normal limit is 20 bags with each bag weighing about 60 pounds. But Wednesday, the Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an executive order bringing that number of bags down to 10.

Capital Report: Constitutional Amendments

Sep 14, 2012

This November Florida voter will have to decide more than just who they want to be the next President of the United States. They’ll also have to choose whether to add up to 12 different amendments to Florida’s Constitution. The proposals cover everything from how education dollars are spent, to who gets additional property tax exemptions. And for tonight Lynn Hatter reports the first thing voters will be asked is to choose, how far government should go when deciding healthcare issues?

As The Oysters Go, So Goes The Bay

Sep 14, 2012
Thomas-Andrew Gustafson

On the front door of Barnacle Bill’s restaurant in Tallahassee is a notice. It reads, “Due to extreme shortages of oysters on the winter oyster beds and catch regulations, the price of oysters has skyrocketed.” Inside, Jim-Bob Heller and Jay Parr are sitting at the bar where customers can buy oysters by the bucket.

“I mean seriously, we just enjoyed some fantastic Apalachicola oysters. They were great. And to think that, you know, we wouldn’t have that anymore, it’s, that would be really unfortunate.”Says Jay Parr. He called the situation a perfect storm.

Palm Beach Post

In Apalachicola Bay, the shrimp population is almost non-existent, crabs are hard to find, and the oysters are approaching similar levels. The BP Oil Spill and droughts in Georgia, shrinking the rivers supplying the Bay with vital nutrients, are dealing a considerable blow to fishermen in Franklin County. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the Bay a disaster area Thursday and requested aid from the U.S Secretary of Commerce.