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Georgia closes oyster harvest in state waters
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Georgia Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Noel Holcomb has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will be
closed to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6 a.m., Friday, June 20, until midnight on September 30.
Summer is spawning season for oysters. This combination of reproductive activity and warm water affects the quality of oyster flesh making them less desirable as seafood during this time of year. The period of May through September accounts for less than two percent of Georgia's annual reported oyster harvest. Most recreational harvesters likewise refrain from harvesting oysters during the summer. Thus, it is expected that the planned closure will have little adverse impact on traditional oyster harvesting in coastal Georgia.
For more information on the Shellfish Closure contact GA DNR/Coastal Resources Division at 912.264.7218.
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