Apalachicola Bay-Franklin County Oysterman: “We’re going to lose everything we’ve ever worked for”

“I don’t know how families are going to survive,” said his wife and fellow oysterman, Betty Shiver. For the oystering couple, making a decent living these days seems down right impossible. They say the Apalachicola Bay, known for its big beautiful oysters, isn’t producing. The cause? Perhaps a lack of fresh water, over harvesting, or even possible remnants of the BP oil spill. They just don’t know, but their situation grows dire. “A lot of people, all they do is depend on this bay out here oystering and if it’s not here they can’t make it, and it’s not here and everybody knows it’s not here,” said Mr. Shiver. Read More


  • ""He is writing a letter to the acting Secretary of Commerce in the US Department in Washington DC… (reading) Dear Secretary, on behalf of Florida's oyster industry, I respectfully request that you declare an official fishery failure, due to a fishery resource disaster of Florida's oyster harvesting areas in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly in the Apalachicola Bay," read Jackel."

    What a joke that is! The fishery disasters are stacking up like cord wood. Rick Scott is gonna just stand in line.