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Florida Suspends Oyster Harvests Central to Water Rights Dispute

July 28, 2020, 9:30 AM

The beleaguered oysters at the heart of a decadeslong interstate water rights dispute can’t be harvested for the next five years, under new Florida regulations taking effect while the state awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved draft regulations to suspend all wild oyster harvests in Apalachicola Bay through Dec. 31, 2025. A final decision will come in October, but the commission directed staff to proactively enforce the suspension starting Aug. 1.

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