According to scientists, the Apalachicola Bay watershed is one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in the United States. And up until the relatively recent past, the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery supplied 90 percent of the oysters sold in Florida and approximately 10 percent of the oysters sold throughout the United States. In fact, at one point, Apalachicola was unofficially known as “the Oyster Capital of the World”, and often affectionately called “Oyster Town.”

However, in 2013, the Apalachicola Bay wild oyster fishery was declared a federal fishery disaster due to a number of factors, including decreased freshwater flows into Apalachicola Bay, drought and overharvest. Although this federal declaration caused scientists, government officials, stakeholders and concerned citizens to focus on various solutions to bring the oyster population back to life, in 2020 the State of Florida placed a 5 year moratorium on harvesting wild oysters from Apalachicola Bay.

Since then, oyster farmers have stepped up in an attempt to fill some of the void that resulted from Apalachicola Bay’s declining wild oyster population, and the current 5 year moratorium on harvesting wild oysters. And the 30 Oyster coast is blessed to have some of the best oyster farmers around. But everyone agrees that the recovery of the wild oyster population is essential, not just for the health of Apalachicola Bay but also for the locals and visitors to 30 Oyster.

Although we are not scientists and do not pretend to know what the solution is to this important and pressing, complex problem, we want to do our part to “save our oysters.” In addition, we also believe that “knowledge is power”, so please click on the links below to learn as much as you can about this important issue and what you can do to “save our oysters.”