Apalachicola: A Local Fishing Village
The people in this community have been born into the fishing industry generation after generation.
The water wars occurring both upstream and downstream could potentially wipe out the entirety of the seafood industry, not to mention the honey industry, oyster industry and other local businesses that depend on the tourism industry’s success within Apalachicola Bay.
Help us by signing our petition as we seek to bring economic life to Apalachicola and spread awareness of our One River.
Support our Featured Businesses!
Boss Oyster, located right on the Apalachicola River, is world famous for its oysters! There private harvesting boat, along with its on-board refrigeration, is prescribed and monitored by the Interstate Shellfish Commission to ensure you are enjoying the freshest oysters in the World!
Oyster City Brewing Company
The only compliment to some delicious Apalachicola oysters is an ice cold beer from Oyster City Brewing Company. Opened in 2014, Oyster City Brewery includes a wide variety of beers to enjoy including favorites such as Hooter Brown, First Light, and Mill Pond Dirty Blonde.
Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co
The Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Company provides a unique experience for shoppers in Apalachicola. Here you can find hand-crafted apparel from countries all across the world. Go Fish supports many indigenous people in developing countries by purchasing their crafts. While they may have multiple stores, they provide Apalachicola with the chance to shop local and buy global.
make the trip!
If you do decide to make the trip out to Apalachicola be sure to check here for events you can attend to support local businesses!
Farmers Market Apalachicola
Local seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, and other regional specialties offered every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 AM until 1 PM.
Carrabelle Riverfront Festival - April 21-22
The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on is a fabulous street festival with colorful arts & craft vendors; educational folk life demonstrations ;wonderful maritime exhibits and activities; unique children’s activities; delicious local seafood vendors and amazing live entertainment
Apalachicola is a Florida heritage site, a bastion of Old Florida history and lifestyle, and severely dependent on the water flow from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The unique mix of water from the ACF basin and the Gulf of Mexico has created one of this country's most bountiful environments for marine life and the seafood industry.
As early as 1896, Apalachicola Bay exported around 50,000 cans of oysters a day to other states across the country. Five years ago, Apalachicola Bay oyster fishers harvested more than 3 million pounds of oyster meat, roughly 92 percent of Florida’s oyster harvest and 10 percent of the national harvest. However, much has changed since 2013. During that year, the total harvest dropped to around 1 million pounds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fishery state of disaster on at the bay.
Apalachicola's issues can be traced back to 1989, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended that some water flowing through the Buford Dam, located on the Chattahoochee River in northern Georgia, should be used for the city of Atlanta's water supply. Florida has pursued legal action to protect the flow of water that meets the Gulf, but it is facing an uphill battle.In 2017, a special master has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Florida in a decades-long fight over water use. This ruling will deliver a big blow to not only the oysters, but the people of Big Bend’s Apalachicola Bay.
Sign this petition to make your Florida voice heard in this battle. This petition will be delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of finding a different solution to the water needs of the states involved in this fight.
Help us bring awareness to the economic and ecologic disaster restricted water flow will cause. Follow @oneriverapalach on Twitter and Instagram for more info.