The charming and historic city Apalachicola, Florida is economically dependent upon the seafood industry. Oyster production alone accounts for 90% of oysters sold in Florida and over 10% in the continental USA. As a result of recent hardships faced by the community, including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, th
e seafood industry and specifically oyster production, is down significantly. To fight back, members of the community have partnered with University of Florida researchers since 2012 to insure the future of Franklin County’s seafood heritage. Members of the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Community project team and the University of Florida Oyster Recovery team have been active in research and outreach to help this community recover. Drs. Angie Lindsey and Andy Kane will discuss their interdisciplinary approach to work in Apalachicola including partnering with the community for scientific research to help the Bay recover. In addition their work has focused on the development of outreach programs and tactics that keep the community engaged and informed of the work.
Andy Kane, Associate Professor, Director, Aquatic Pathobiology Lab, Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
Angie Lindsey, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education In Agriculture and Natural Resources