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Apalachicola seafood dealers call for plan to protect bay, seafood industry

Joe Taylor of Franklin's Promise Coalition and Apalachicola City Administrator Betty Webb hold containers of small oysters grown in a restoration project by the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Franklin County seafood dealers are urging the state to develop a comprehensive plan for managing and restoring Apalachicola Bay while some environmentalists are knocking Florida for not "toeing the line" on agricultural water use.

Florida on Oct. 1 filed a lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system. The direct action followed a 2012 collapse of the Apalachicola Bay oyster population, which Florida officials blame on lack of fresh water flowing from Georgia.

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