FWC awarded $20 million to restore Apalachicola Bay oyster population

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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is planning on revitalizing the Apalachicola Bay oyster population.

Apalachicola will receive help to restore its oysters. (WJHG/WECP)

It has been awarded $20 million to restore the population. The money will be put into a five-year plan, with two of those years dedicated to research in partnership with Florida State University to determine where best to establish new oyster beds, and three years of placing oyster substrate in order to create 1000 new acres of productive reef.

The hope is the resurgence of the oyster industry will boost the economy not only in Apalachicola, but surrounding cities as well.

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