Changes Announced for Oyster Harvest

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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) -- 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 (http://bit.ly/1tDYD5X ) reports the wildlife agency worked with the Franklin County oyster industry to implement the temporary changes.




 
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