Published: Jun 03, 2014 7:22 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2014 11:18 AM EDT

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) - The daily oyster harvest in Apalachicola Bay is being drastically reduced this summer.
    
Changes announced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week are effective from June 1 through Aug. 31.
    
Wildlife officials say Apalachicola Bay oysters have significantly declined in population due to a lack of water flow.
    
The changes include lowering the daily commercial harvest and possession limit from 20 bags to eight bags; limiting the recreational harvest to five gallons of oysters in the shell; and prohibiting commercial oyster harvests on Fridays and Saturdays.
    
The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/1tDYD5X ) repots the wildlife agency worked with the Franklin County oyster industry to implement the temporary changes.
    
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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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