Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Florida Oyster Calamity Worsens

Somehow this issue(s) has gone from bad to worse and we are now talking possible collapse of the Florida Oyster industry.


Oyster problem could be dire along Apalachicola Bay - Oct. 3, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott visited the fishing and oystering town of East Point on Wednesday to meet with local officials and residents impacted by a massive downturn in the oyster harvest brought on in part by drought, that follows a more general long-term decline in the industry.

If the most dire predictions about problems in the oyster industry in Franklin County materialize, nearly half the workforce in the county could face unemployment.

Scott asked Washington for help on the issue last month, telling the U.S. Department of Commerce that local officials have estimated the oyster downturn could affect 2,500 jobs.( http://www.news-press.com/article/20121003/GREEN/121003020/Oyster-problem-could-dire-along-Apalachicola-Bay?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home )

Florida oyster fisheries experiencing above-average losses this season

Beckham said currently there is only one place she can harvest oysters from, and zoning laws tend to make harvesting more difficult. She usually tells her oyster harvesters to bring in at least 15 bushels of oysters, but this year she only receives about 12.

Many of Beckham’s customers will not be receiving as many oysters this year, she said. Of the oysters she catches, only 20 percent are alive. ( http://www.wuft.org/news/2012/10/10/cedar-kety-feat-hold/ )

US Army Corps Assesses Oyster Crisis

The last couple of months have been tough on oystermen in Franklin County, and projections look bleak. That's why stake holders of the Apalachicola- Chattahoochee-Flint water basin invited the Army Corps of Engineers to see the devastation for themselves.

The stakeholders say it basically boils down to an unbalanced system. The lack of fresh water is causing oysters to die at a rapid rate, and if you couple that with a lack of funding for research and infrastructure projects, it's a catastrophe in the works. ( http://www.wmbb.com/story/19887019/us-army-corps-assesses-oyster-crisis )

Previous posts :

Drought Suspected in Florida Bay Oyster Die Off.

New study on the worlds dwindling oyster beds.- Originally posted 2/3/2011

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