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Published: Feb 27, 2014 5:44 AM EST

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) - Apalachicola Bay and Florida's oyster industry are going to get some financial assistance from the federal government.
    
State and federal elected officials said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Commerce has approved $6.3 million in disaster assistance funding.
    
Gov. Rick Scott said the money can be used to help the restoration of Apalachicola Bay and assist affected oystermen.
    
Last year, federal officials declared a fishery disaster for oystermen in the Gulf Coast. The collapse of the oyster industry followed a drought that reduced freshwater into the bay.
    
But state officials have also blamed the lack of freshwater due to increased consumption in Georgia. Oysters need a mix of both fresh and salt water.
    
Florida last fall filed a lawsuit against Georgia with the U.S. Supreme Court over water consumption.

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