Oyster Industry in Franklin County Getting a Morale Boost

There’s more good news for oystermen in the Apalachicola area.

The red tide levels in Apalachicola Bay have dropped significantly enough to allow two more sections to re-open to oystering.

The Florida Department of Agriculture says it’s re-opening the oystering areas known technically as area 1612 and area 1622.

This means, along with Thanksgiving Day’s decision to reopen the Area 1611 portion of the bay, virtually the entire western half of the bay has now been re-opened.

Red Tide readings are still too high to open the eastern half of the bay at this time, but water testing continues several times a week.

The Bay had been closed for almost three months severely impacting the oystering business in Apalachicola and Eastpoint.

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