|Management of oyster resources in Apalachicola Bay following Hurricane Elena|
Berrigan, M.E. (1988). Management of oyster resources in Apalachicola Bay following Hurricane Elena. J. Shellfish Res. 7(2): 281-288
In: Journal of Shellfish Research. National Shellfisheries Association: Duxbury. ISSN 0730-8000; e-ISSN 1943-6319
Habitatverbetering; Milieu-effect; Orkanen; Oyster culture; Oyster reefs; Resource management; Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791) [WoRMS]; Marien
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The Florida Department of Natural Resources conducted resource assessments following Hurricane Elena (September 1985) to determine the storm's impact on commercially valuable oyster reefs along Florida's northern Gulf Coast. The Apalachicola Bay system, Franklin County, was identified as most severely damaged. Oyster production was reduced to levels that would not support commercial harvesting. A comprehensive management plan was developed to protect surviving resources, mitigate economic hardship, and promote resource recovery.