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The Army Corps of Engineers come to Apalachicola Bay for a demonstration of the severity of the collapse of its oyster fishery. The RiverTrek Paddlers continue to explore and learn about the issue affecting the river basin.
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A recently started study headed by Dr. David Kimbro is tackling the Apalachicola Oyster Fishery crisis. In the first phase of this research initiative, small sample areas across the bay were sampled to determine the relative health of reefs in different areas within it. Two divers based out of the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab harvested small areas, and allowed WFSU to affix cameras to one of them.
David Kimbro and Randall Hughes typically study intertidal oyster reefs, those along the shore that become exposed at low tide. So when David and his crew started investigating the Apalachicola oyster fishery failure, they had to adapt their techniques for a different environment. That meant more than just scuba diving in zero visibility and being more vulnerable to wind and weather conditions.
One of the great oyster fisheries of the world has collapsed after years of low freshwater input from the Apalachicola River. This has a diverse group of people looking for answers. Oystermen and researchers have not always seen eye to eye, but they are united by a common goal: discovering the specific causes of causes of the crash and determining a course of recovery.
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