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FOLLOW-UP: Florida's oyster situation in Franklin County
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Governor Rick Scott is asking that Apalachicola Bay be declared an economic disaster area.
The harvest of oysters is down dramatically in Franklin County and families there are suffering.
The problem is caused by a lack of freshwater in Apalachicola Bay.
Florida moved forward with a lawsuit earlier this month.
It accuses Georgia of consuming too much fresh water from a river system that serves the bay.
Oystermen say the best solution would be to close the bay for at least a year and use federal and state grants paying them to restore oyster beds with old shells.
"We have took and took and took and took and it's time to put back."
The restocking effort has been successful in the past.
But a much larger scale restoration than ever before is needed for the bay to recover.