A notice received today from the Obama Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the award of a noncompetitive grant in the amount of $6,310,216 to fund the restoration of the failed oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay.
The project is aimed at placing cultch material on appropriate existing oyster reefs to provide more attachment habitat for larval oysters with monitoring to assess the effects of the increase in oyster habitat and the changes in water quality.
In addition, the project is slated to provide educational and vocational training to members of the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay in order to give them more occupational opportunities.
Lastly, the project will assist oyster processors in upgrading their facilities to better meet national sanitary standards.
For more information on the grant or the project, please contact Deborah Keene, with the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at (850)245-7481.