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Apalachicola's Fresh Local Seafood

The Apalachicola River and Bay meet in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to form one of the most unspoiled and productive estuaries in the country. This mixture of fresh and saltwater makes an ideal nursery for a diverse group of marine species that includes oysters, shrimp, crabs and a wide variety of fish.

Apalachicola Bay produces 90 % of Florida’s oysters and 10% of the nationwide supply. Over 2.6 million pounds of oyster meat is harvested annually. Most of our oyster beds are harvested by hand. This industry is sustainable and non-polluting. Oysters actually aid the bay in maintaining its purity. Oysters are filter feeders that can filter up to 24 liters of water each day. No other area in the U.S. offers the "wild harvest" oysters of this quality. Once consumed the oysters shells are recycled back into the bay where they are replanted for a new crop of oysters preserving the sea bottom and grasses. There are 7,000 acres of beds in the 210 square miles of the bay dedicated to oyster harvesting.

Apalachicola Bay is designated a Class II Shellfish Harvesting Area, one of the highest standards for water quality in the State of Florida. The waters of the bay are regularly tested for any type of harmful bacteria by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer Services. The oyster industry is the most highly regulated food industry in the United States.

Apalachicola Bay oysters have a reputation among chefs across the US as being some of the finest tasting oysters available. They hold their flavor after cooking and are prized for their plump, meaty texture, mellow flavor and balanced salt content. They have a refreshing seaweed aroma and a deeply cupped shell.  The Southern Foodways Alliance documented the culture and history of the Apalachicola Bay seafood industry via 20 oral histories that can be viewed at the Southern Foodways Alliance website.
Apalachicola Bay also ranks third in the state for its shrimp harvest. These wild caught shrimp are fresh, not farmed or processed. Blue crab, finfish and clams are also harvested here.

Fresh Local Seafood Business Listing

Seafood Dealer/Retail

East Bay Oyster Company East Bay Oyster Company

327 US Hwy 98, Eastpoint
(850) 799-1045
At East Bay, we shuck and pack our own Apalachicola Bay oysters harvested from the beautiful, clean waters of Apalachicola Bay. we also sell fish, crab, shrimp and other jewels from our waters and surrounding areas. Please LIKE us on Facebook and learn more about us at
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Buddy Ward & Son's Seafood Buddy Ward & Son's Seafood

233 Water Street, Apalachicola
Buddy Ward & Son's Seafood
Buddy Ward & Sons supplies restaurants with what many regard as the world's finest oysters and shrimp.
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Allen's Bait, Tackle and Seafood Market Allen's Bait, Tackle and Seafood Market Pet Friendly

462 West Hwy 98, Apalachicola
(850) 653-9882
Offers crickets, worms, frozen shrimp and offshore bait. Fresh shrimp when available. Tackle for any anglers needs also a Seafood market with fresh and frozen selections. Also has boat access for boat customers via the back deck!
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Lynn's Quality Oysters, Inc. Lynn's Quality Oysters, Inc.

402 US Highway 98, Eastpoint
Local seafood caught daily. We are open 7 days a week. Monday - Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM Sunday 9 AM – 8 PM The freshest seafood in town. Check out our newest addition, the raw bar! The raw bar at Lynn’s features raw, steamed or topped oysters, steamed shrimp, shrimp salad, seafood gumbo, beer and wine. Dine inside or outside on the deck as you watch the sunset over the Apalachicola Bay
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Fisherman's Choice Fisherman's Choice

330 US Highway 98, Eastpoint
A full line of bait, tackle, and seafood. Including live bait for fresh and saltwater fishing. In addition, hunting and fishing license, live stock feed, and fishing charter bookings. Come by and see us or call for a fishing report and information on the area.
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13 Mile Seafood Market 13 Mile Seafood Market

227 Water Street, Apalachicola
Come by 13 Mile Seafood Market, located on Water Street downtown Apalachicola. Voted best on the Forgotten Coast two years in a row. We specialize in local shrimp, oysters, blue crab, fish and much more. We pack for travel and we will steam your seafood. We also have several smoked fish dips and smoked mullet. Come down to the river in Apalachicola, check out our fleet of boats and grab the best seafood on the Forgotten Coast! We've been in business since 1957, so come to 13 Mile Seafood Market where "it's not just seafood, it's tradition."
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Barber's Seafood

510 US Highway 98 East, Eastpoint
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Seafood, Specializing in Seafood.
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