Developing a Community Advisory Board composed primarily of Franklin County stakeholders is key to having a meaningful consensus-building process for the developmet and implementation of an ecosystem-based oyster management & restoration plan.
In a special report for the Orlando Sentinel, Kevin Spears interviews FSUCML’s Dr. Sandra Brooke and Dr. Felicia Coleman, amongst others, as he assesses the many contributing factors threatening the survival of oyster populations in the Apalachicola Bay and Cedar Key areas. Looking back on Apalachicola’s history, he paints a jarring picture of the Bay today, now merely a shadow of its former self as the “Oyster Capital of the World.”
Dr. Gary Ostrander, Vice President for Research at Florida State University, provides an overview of FSU’s newly awarded project, the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative, funded in part by the Triumph Gulf Coast fund. He makes it clear that FSU wants to hear from the community, one vehicle of which will be “ . . . an advisory board of community stakeholders to weigh in as we consider the best steps forward.”
In the aftermath of hurricane Michael, FSUCML’s Dr. Felicia Coleman and Dr. Sandra Brooke were interviewed by Robin Young and Karyn Miller-Medzon for Boston’s NPR news station WBUR. Also interviewed were Georgia Ackerman, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Roy Ogles – Riverkeeper member. The subject of the interview was the Apalachicola River and the oyster industry. Click the link below to listen to the NPR broadcast http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/10/25/florida-apalachicola-river-hurricane-michael