FCSWA embarks on two-pronged mission

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Chris Millender

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 01:03 PM.


The Franklin County Seafood Workers Association has been busy, moving forward last week on a proposal to address environmental problems plaguing Apalachicola Bay while also working to organize the upcoming $2.7 million program to re-shell the oyster bars.

At a Dec. 6 meeting, the FCSWA fleshed out details of the structure of a new community based collaborative effort - the Seafood Management Assistance Resource and Recovery Team (SMARRT) – which is designed “to build a local capacity consensus to develop a sustainable and resilient resource management plan to ensure the future of Franklin County ’s seafood heritage.”

FCSWA President Shannon Hartsfield told the audience of about 40 attendees that research received from experts was being considered by the seafood workers to see which suggestions were feasible.

“When we went and asked for help, we started receiving ample opportunities with the county commission and Workforce,” he said.

FCSWA Vice President Chris Millender outlined his proposal to bring together 15 experts from government and academic institutions, together with local knowhow. Millender proposed SMARRT should consist of 15 workers from the seafood industry - three oystermen, a crabber, two shrimpers, two fishing guides, two seafood dealers, one FCSWA representative, one Franklin County Seafood Dealers Association representative, two commercial fishermen and one clammer.

According to a flyer distributed at the round table, these 15 stake holders have “full voting rights.” It lists the cut-off date for nominations to the SMARRT as Dec. 13.

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