Florida Fishermen become farmers in quest for a new oyster industry

“We knew nothing about oysters,” Clay Lovel said. So the men studied oyster history. They experimented with enclosures and planting methods. The fishermen became farmers. Nine months later, with some 150,000 pieces growing in 500 cages, their first crop is coming in — big, succulent 3-inch oysters that within a couple of hours on this late May day, will be in the family fish house cooler, ready to be served on the half shell to seafood lovers at the Lovels’ Spring Creek Restaurant. continued @ tallahassee.com

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