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Report: Apalachicola oysters may need 5 years, 'significant' funding to recover

Oyster harvesting boats sit idle along Apalachicola Bay in Eastpoint. Seafood workers in Franklin County are struggling following the collapse of the bay's oyster population in 2012. File photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Apalachicola Bay's oyster population may need five years to recover under ideal conditions and will require significant financial resources for restoration, according to a disaster report sent to federal officials this week.

Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in federal court since 1990 over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system.

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