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Oyster harvesting in Georgia to close for the summer

Oyster farming is a growing industry in the state, but one state lawmaker has concerns it is...
Oyster farming is a growing industry in the state, but one state lawmaker has concerns it is growing too fast without proper regulations.(Live 5 News)
Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Recreational and commercial harvesting of oysters in Georgia is set to end Tuesday and remain closed until the fall. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the closure. The agency says the closure is in line with its plan to control a naturally occurring bacteria found in filter-feeding shellfish. The bacteria known as Vp occurs in greater concentrations when coastal waters are warm. Officials say the bacteria can cause an illness that includes vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and chills. People will still be allowed to harvest clams in approved shellfish harvesting areas. Oyster harvesting is set to reopen on Oct. 1.

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