The Apalachicola Oyster Was Discovered Here In Florida, And You Likely Won't Find Them Until 2025
By Marisa Roman|Published July 22, 2022
A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
Anyone who has visited the quaint panhandle town of Apalachicola in the past few decades likely knows the story behind the famed oysters harvested here. Oysters were Apalachicola’s first seafood industry, sold locally as early as 1836. In fact, it was said that ninety percent of the state’s oysters and ten percent of the nation’s oysters came from Apalachicola Bay! However, due to the dwindling oyster population, oyster harvesting in the bay has been shut down through the end of 2025. Here is everything you need to know about the Apalachicola oyster and its history in Florida.