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Seafood Industry Hit Hard by Red Tide

For people in Eastpoint asking what's next, now they have their answer. A fierce red tide has closed down the bay in a fishing village struggling to set things straight after Hurricane Dennis.

Barely bouncing back from a savage summer, oystermen are once again battling Mother Nature. This time, a fierce red tide has closed down the Apalachicola Bay.

Docks crowded with empty boats are a constant reminder of a drowning economy. Lynn Martina is struggling to keep her head above water. Saturday, she finished rebuilding her oyster house after Hurricane Dennis tore it apart, only to be told to stay off the water because of the toxic tide.

Right now, harvesting is taking place in Wakulla County, and one spot is Louisiana is open for oystermen. While it appears things have gone from bad to worse, hope floats in this fishing village, hope that the tide will turn in their favor.

Lynn Martina says water samples are still being taken by officials, and meat samples haven't been done yet because the water levels are still too high.


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