In 2012, Florida’s famed Apalachicola Bay oyster industry collapsed. In 2013, the federal government declared a fishery disaster, and in 2014 Florida sued Georgia, arguing that state was responsible for the failure. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Monday, but as the two states await a decision, some key players say the issue won’t end with the ruling. Photo Credit: Jessica Palombo, WFSU
What factors are really impacting the loss of Apalachicola's world-famous oysters? A new research project called the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative is out to get the answers and use those results to guide future policy regarding the bay's iconic seafood. Listen to host Tom Flanigan talk with ABSI project leaders and Community Advisory Board members about progress of the project.
February 25th at 3 pm -- Apalachicola Bay System Initiative, Sandra Brooke Sandra Brooke, project lead of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative, will give an overview of the Initiative describing what has been done so far, what will occur in the upcoming year, who is involved, and how to stay up to date on the project
The Commissioners of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve proposed draft rule changes that would close commercial and recreational harvest of oysters in Apalachicola Bay through December 31, 2025. Photo Credit: Erik Lovestrand, Florida Sea Grant
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has unanimously voted to shut down the state's iconic Apalachicola oyster fishery after years of drought and other pressures have devastated wild oyster beds. PC: NPR
"...changes in water salinity, habitat loss, overfishing, and other problems have decimated oyster populations, leading to today’s decision by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to halt wild oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay—a difficult but necessary step toward building healthier reefs that can support oystering in the future."