Saturday, October 13, 2012

Community Forums : NIEH Study & Oyster Recovery Team

The Health Gulf, Healthy Communities [HGHC] is a team of biologists, psychologists, social scientists and community partners funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The goal of this team is to help all of those living in the Gulf Coast recover and strengthen their ability to bounce back in the face of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and future disasters. The University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team is a group of internal and external experts working closely with local se
 afood producers to find ways to understand why the oyster populations have declined in the Apalachicola Bay, find ways to help them recover, and address the social and economic impacts of the oyster decline. Together these two teams will be working closely with Franklin County to determine ways to address the recent oyster population decline.

We would like to invite you to attend our NIEHS Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities Forum on Tuesday, October 16th. This meeting will serve as a continuation of the October 9th Franklin County community listening session and the October 10th Oyster Recovery Team meeting. During these sessions, community members described their current efforts in the Seafood Management Assistance Recovery Team (SMART), a representative stakeholder body with a long-term focus on sustainably managing the bay’s resources. This forum will aim to support this collaborative effort by bringing community members, members of the HGHC team and members of the UF Oyster Recovery Team together to discuss potential solutions and action plans to address the challenges of the oyster decline. The sessions will focus on stakeholder input regarding the future direction of the SMART initiative.

The two sessions will take place in Apalachicola, FL in the Apalachicola Community Center. The address is:

1 Bay Avenue, Apalachicola, FL.

There will be two separate sessions to accommodate individual’s different schedules. The first session will be held at 2:00-4:30pm and the second session will be held from 5:00-7:30pm. Food will be provided at both sessions.

Your desire to participate is greatly appreciated. To RSVP, simply send an email to Erica Odera at stating that you are planning on attending and please mention which of the two sessions you will be attending. For additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Angie Lindsey at 904-509-3518 or We look forward to seeing you on October 16th! e-mail with comments