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Isaac’s rain slows down clam harvesting

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The small waterfront community of Cedar Key in Levy County, has proven to be one of Florida’s most adaptable communities. The town has survived major hurricanes in the past as well as changes in the seafood industries because of regulations.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT FM’s Elizabeth Odom reports how this clam farming town has fared against the rain from tropical system Isaac.

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Baby clams

Clam research assistant at the Shellfish Aquaculture Research and Education Facility in Cedar Key, Reggie Markham.

Sun Ray Venus Clams

Bagged clams at Cedar Key research facility.

Sun Ray Venus Clam variety.

Raceways where baby clams are kept until ready for placement in clam bags on leases in the Gulf waters.

Empty clam shells on display.

View of Gulf of Mexico from the Shellfish and Aqualculture Research and Education Facility in Cedar Key.

Shellfish Aquaculture Research and Education facility in Cedar Key

Baby clams

About Elizabeth Odom

Elizabeth is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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