Responding to the oyster fishery collapse in Apalachicola Bay, experts with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Sea Grant will join forces with local seafood producers to find ways of restoring sustainable populations of the area’s world-famous oysters.
Karl Havens, the director of Florida Sea Grant, has been named to lead the University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team.
The recovery team has multiple priorities, including learning why oyster populations declined, finding ways to help them bounce back, and identifying solutions for social and economic impacts, Havens said.
Groups and Leaders
Leader: Bill Pine
Fishing and Fishing Regulations
Leader: Mike Allen
Contaminants and Pathogens
Leader: Andrew Kane
Leader: Peter Frederick
Leader: Leslie Sturmer
Leader: Brian Mayer
Seafood Processing and Marketing
Leader: Steve Otwell
Leader: Traci Irani, Angela Lindsey
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 – Informal Listening Session
Fort Coombs Armory, 5:30-7 pm
Residents and visitors to Apalachicola are invited to come out and share their concerns and needs. Full details are available at this link. The listening session is organized as part of the Healthy Gulf/Healthy Communities project.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 — Data Reconnaissance Scientific Meeting
Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 8:30 am — 3 pm
Agenda, Oct. 10, 2012
The Oyster Recovery Team has been divided into a number of working groups to address the multiple aspects of the problem. During 30-minute topical sessions at this meeting, the working group chair will briefly explain the purpose of their group; identify other team members on the group; and identify what data to date has been discovered related to the focus of their analysis. The chairs will then lead the discussion about data gaps that need to be filled, if any.
By the end of the day, each working group should have sufficient information to move forward with analyzing the available data and published materials.
The Oyster Recovery team and the Seafood Management Assistance Resource and Recovery Team (SMARRT) will hold an update between the community and researchers, who have been collecting data and analyzing existing data to determine possible cause for oyster declines, locally and regionally. These folks will talk about what they have been doing, the objectives behind their work, any issues they have encountered with data quality, any results to date, and time frame for having preliminary vs. more complete results.
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 — Release of Research Findings
Community Center, 1-4:30 pm
April 24, 2013 AGENDA
The University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team will report the findings and recommendations from its study of the collapse of the 2012 Apalachicola Bay commercial oyster harvest in a public meeting on Wednesday, April 24, in Apalachicola.
Monday, July 29, 2013 — A Conversation About Oyster Aquaculture
Members of the UF Oyster Recovery Team with expertise in oyster aquaculture methods and economics will answer questions about all aspects of the feasibility of culturing oysters in Apalachicola Bay. This meeting is being hosted by SMARRT and any interested person is welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 — Update on the State of the Industry
Community Center, 1-4 pm
The UF Oyster Recover team and representatives of state agencies will share information about four issues that are of concern to the oyster industry and community at large: the current status of the oyster population; the status of the Bay Management Plan being developed by the state; the plans for spending monies provided to Apalachicola to support restoration of the oyster industry; and the options available for fishermen if they are out of work due to lack of oysters to harvest.