Georgia shrimping industry reels from fuel prices

From today’s Brunswick News:

Conditions in the shrimping industry, once a staple in coastal Georgia, have gone from bad to worse, and there are no signs of improvement lining the horizon. Ever-rising fuel costs have taken a toll on area shrimpers, with a gallon of fuel averaging about $4.50 and tank fill ups ranging near $1,000 a day, said John Wallace, an area shrimper and founder of the Wild Georgia Shrimp Campaign to promote local shrimp. To offset the cost of fuel, a shrimper would need to reel in about $1,600 worth of product a day. That, Wallace said, is all but impossible. The Brunswick city docks stood void of shrimpers on a recent day, boats floating lazily in the waves without crews or captains. There are no shrimping boats tied up behind Knight’s Seafood in Brunswick, and the shrimp market has temporarily closed shop because of a lack of product.

3 comments

  1. Romegaguy says:

    I thought they used nets. I bet it takes for ever to catch shrimp if you are just reeling them in one at a time

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