It Comes Natural Here
Seafood from Apalachicola Bay is respected worldwide for its taste and quality. If you are served a platter of oysters and you were impressed with the compact size, firmness and salty taste, chances are those oysters were harvested from Franklin County waters - approximately 90% of the State’s oysters are harvested right here in local waters.
Oysters may rule in Franklin County, but they are just one of many seafood species to thrive here. The Apalachicola River Basin is home to 186 species of fish, and the bay system serves as a critical nursery area for more than 95 percent of all species harvested commercially and 85 percent of all species harvested recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico, including shrimp, blue crab, stone crab and finfish.
The fisheries, wildlife and boating resources of Franklin County are an important part of our area’s economy. Our resources provide jobs, income, tax revenue and clean recreational opportunities.
Seafood and resource-based tourism are two of Franklin County’s strong economic bases which were each affected by last Spring’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Although we never experienced any substantial oil-spill damage to our beaches or estuaries - damage was done in terms of inaccurate public perception.
Please know our Seafood is Safe, Fresh and Delicious. Our bays, rivers and estuaries are clean and thriving. Our beaches are beautiful, the fishing is outstanding and our historic towns and working waterfronts are a snapshot of Vintage Florida - natural and simple.
In Franklin County, when you’re talking Seafood & Surf, it just comes natural here...