McIntosh County has long been considered the oyster capitol of Georgia, since the early 1900s when consumers preferred canned oysters. Today we look for fresh, raw oysters on the half-shell and a smoother oyster, unlike wild grown oysters that the Georgia coast currently provides.
This is a great opportunity for Georgia's aquaculture as our oyster producers have been asking the state to allow farm-raised oysters for years. This will be a legislative effort made possible by an all-inclusive coalition of stakeholders, and backed by years of research by the UGA Marine Extension Service, and DNR's Coastal Resources Division.
The specific legislation to be filed for the 2019 session will allow Georgia's farm-grown oysters to become a very successful reality. Doing so will again prove that by working together our communities can embrace economic opportunity while protecting and preserving the Georgia coast.
- Rep. Jeff Jones
IN THE NEWS
It could soon be legal to harvest oysters in Georgia—but why is the proposed law so murky? - Atlanta Magazine 3.11.19
McIntosh County... Georgia's Oyster Capital [Part 4] [Part 3] [Part 2] [Part 1] - The Darien News 11.29.18
Oyster harvesting remains closed - The Brunswick News 10.3.18
Opinion Editorial: Support Georgia’s oyster industry - Savannah Morning News 7.26.18
Shucking Open An Industry - Why Georgia-grown oysters are scarce and what's holding them back - The Brunswick News 6.9.18