Cuts in store for summer oyster harvest

A look at the summer harvesting areas. Area 1671, commonly known as East Hole, is the blue lined are

A look at the summer harvesting areas. Area 1671, commonly known as East Hole, is the blue lined area east of the St. George Island Bridge

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 14:09 PM.

— The daily harvest of oyster in Apalachicola Bay will be drastically reduced, under new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ruled announced last week.

The changes run from now through Aug. 31.

Because Apalachicola Bay oysters have significantly declined in population due to lack of freshwater flow in previous years, these changes are intended to help the oyster population recover from the effects of low river flow.

The FWC worked with the Franklin County oyster industry to implement the temporary changes, and the industry agrees the measures are a way to ensure the long-range health of the industry.

“The FWC is supporting us and they’re listening to us,” said Shannon Hartsfield, president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association.

Hartsfield said his organization asked for some of the changes, including the harvest limits and closure of some areas, and that they are happy with the new regulations.

The changes include:



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