- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) - Nearly 200 oystermen are spreading fossilized shells to replenish oyster bars in beleaguered Apalachicola Bay

The News Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1w9rrZw ) that the replenishment that began last month is the first phase of a $4.5 million federal project designed to last six months.

About 200 oystermen a day, working three days a week, are spreading the shells in the Florida Panhandle bay to increase the acreage of shell surface available where oysters can grow.

Apalachicola Bay is famed for its oysters, but it is threatened by both over harvesting and a water supply dispute with Georgia. The state reduced the daily oyster harvest in the bay this summer, and wildlife officials have warned that oyster harvesting might need to be halted if new winter restrictions fail to improve the oyster population.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, https://www.newsherald.com

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