Wildlife agency reduces summer oyster harvest

APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- The daily oyster harvest in Apalachicola Bay is being drastically reduced this summer.

Changes announced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week are effective from June 1 through Aug. 31.

Wildlife officials say Apalachicola Bay oysters have significantly declined in population due to a lack of water flow.

The changes include lowering the daily commercial harvest and possession limit from 20 bags to eight bags; limiting the recreational harvest to five gallons of oysters in the shell; and prohibiting commercial oyster harvests on Fridays and Saturdays.

The News Herald of Panama City repots the wildlife agency worked with the Franklin County oyster industry to implement the temporary changes.
 
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