Alabama NewsCenter — Alabama Oyster Harvest Doubles Previous Year’s Totals

| January 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am

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By David Rainer
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama’s oyster harvest numbers in 2020 doubled the previous year, indicating the state’s ecosystem is bouncing back in a big way.

Last year’s harvest was 22,000 sacks, thanks to improving conditions and a new method developed by the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) to determine when and where oysters can be harvested.

“I think it was a very successful season,” said Col. Scott Bannon, MRD director. “We think we are turning a corner on the things that we can control, which is the amount of harvest and the areas harvested as we work to rebuild our public reefs. As long as environmental conditions are favorable, I think we’re going to continue to see growth.”

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