Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I have written earlier about the large-scale collapse of oyster reefs in Apalachicola Bay and surrounding coastal habitats. To address the problem and assist our state agencies with their efforts, IFAS created a task force of aquatic scientists and Extension specialists. Also involved are IFAS experts in community development, who are working with the families of oystermen who have lost their jobs. Please find in the web link below an update on the problem. Make sure to catch the video at the end of the article which features Dr. Karl Havens. I had asked Karl to chair this Task Force and he and fellow task force members have accomplished much in the short time they have been together. Last week Karl was asked to provide testimony before Senator Mumford’s Agriculture Committee in Tallahassee.
Jack M. Payne, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1008 McCarty Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0180
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