PORT ST. JOE, Fl. – The jobs lost in the Apalachicola Bay’s shuttered oyster industry won’t be easy to replace. But green shoots are sprouting in the form of two new industries about 23 miles away.
The town of Port St. Joe now has a commercial shipyard and an export facility for biomass destined for power generating plants in Honduras.
The number of new jobs at these new facilities is small compared to those lost in the big business of oystering – the harvesting and processing, transport and distribution of Apalachicola oysters. Ten percent of the nation’s oysters came from the bay.
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