Cedar Key residents lined up on Wednesday to receive jugs of fresh drinking water. Saltwater intrusion into the city’s wellfield caused by the drought has city and health officials working for a solution. Meanwhile, the key industry that fuels the Cedar Key community is thriving. Clam farming has had a 45-million dollar impact on the coastal communities around Cedar Key. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with aquaculture extension agent Leslie Sturmer about how the saltier conditions are giving clam farmers a bumper crop.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPCedarKeyQAwithSturmer.mp3]
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in a meeting Monday that focused heavily on fishery issues, backed a draft proposal that would reduce the number of cobia that can be caught per day in Gulf waters north of the Collier-Monroe County line.