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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry requires an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
 
In addition to revising the state’s water policy to include consistent use regulation among the five water management districts, Putnam said the effort should identify new techniques for farming shellfish, find more effective ways for DACS to continue shell-deposit and reseeding programs as well as strongly pursue the legal battle with Georgia over fresh water flows.
 
“This is a real challenge,” Putnam told reporters during a press availability. “The challenge for Apalachicola Bay is that there are no good short-term answers.”
 
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