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Oyster Restoration Research Team Announces Nov. 14 Meeting

Extension agent Angie Lindsey (left, blue shirt) talking with Apalachicola community partners concerning oil spill recovery research. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones.

Angie Lindsey (left), a member of the UF oyster restoration research project, talks with Apalachicola community partners concerning research progress. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

Project leaders coordinating the long-term oyster reef restoration study in Apalachicola Bay will be hosting an update meeting for the community on Nov. 14, 2017, from 5-6 pm in the Apalachicola Community Center.

The meeting will include representatives from the University of Florida, Florida Sea Grant, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All interested persons from the community are encouraged to attend.

The five-year research project began in 2015, and is examining oyster health, productivity and the reef structure needed to support the Bay’s oyster industry as it recovers from a catastrophic collapse in 2012. Although Apalachicola Bay is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the U.S., oyster harvest is now at less than 50 percent of historic levels due to factors such as decreased freshwater flows into the Bay, over harvest and drought.

The project is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Its purpose is to determine optimal design and management of oyster reef restoration projects, so the fishery becomes more resilient to various future disturbances, such as increased salinity levels or sedimentation due to storms. Previous meeting notes and details are available at the Oyster Restoration Research web page.

For more information, please contact Erik Lovestrand, Florida Sea Grant agent and Franklin County Extension director with UF/IFAS Extension, elovestrand@ufl.edu, 850-653-9337.

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