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.