Seafood Interests Head to the Capitol

A new joint task force in Franklin County is packing its bags and heading to Washington, D.C.

The group will be lobbying lawmakers for money to help the hurting seafood industry in the Apalachicola area. The task force has also been given $75,000 to study how to keep the industry in business.

Task force member David McLain says they need a government owned warehouse and port for oystermen.

"If there is no place to bring catch ashore, if there is no place to launch from and we have no processing area, then it's gone, and once it's gone it is definitely gone."

Oystermen say after the hurricane season and the red tide, their industry took a serious hit. Task force leaders say if they don't act fast, all the coastal property will be bought up by realtors, leaving nothing for the seafood business.