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Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 14:31 PM.

 

Oystermen plead for help

 

Beset by a dwindling harvest, oystermen continued to appeal for steps to be taken to boost the supply of oysters in Apalachicola Bay.

A majority of the membership of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association backed two proposals, to create a locally-owned hatchery at the county-owned Lombardi Seafood Park that would help in seeding the bay, and to make changes in the management plan for bay closures that would protect against overharvesting.

One bright spot that emerged was several oystermen who said they’re beginning to see growth in the oysters they’re catching, especially since the amount of freshwater coming down the river is increasing for the first time in years.

At the county’s annual legislative delegation hearing in December, the oystermen asked that the state open up the summer bars immediately, as an emergency measure.



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