TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Several organizations are holding a conference on the Apalachicola River.
According to organizers, the conference will bring renewed attention to ecological, cultural and economic importance to the river, floodplain, and bay.
It also offers opportunities to learn more about the challenges ahead.
"The nutrients that come through this river supports the entire eastern gulf," said one organizer, Joe Crozier. "Which is billions of dollars of fishing industry you'd think even though its on a large scale a small river compared to the Mississippi or something. This provides a huge importance not only to critical and local species but also the economy."
The conference is being held Wednesday and Thursday at Florida State University.
Hosts include the Florida Conservation Coalition, Tall Timbers, and the Florida Wildlife Foundation among others.