Red tide hasn't affected Dickerson Bay. That's why dozens of oystermen have taken their boats to Panacea, trying to make a profit.
But locals say the resource is low and doesn't compare to eastern oyster beds.
Glyn Wood of Panacea Harbor Marina says, "Well, it's a small place. It's depleting oysters but it's good because we have to cultivate to make them grow; everything is working out good."
There is good news to report. Water samples taken by Florida Fish and Wildlife on Monday show signs of improvement, and if all goes well, biologists say a few eastern beds in Apalachicola may open by week's end.