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Mount Pleasant shrimpers worried about another bad season

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Recently Wando Shrimp closed and shows no promise of reopening. Recently Wando Shrimp closed and shows no promise of reopening.
Considering the harsh winter of the Lowcountry, the past years of miserable shrimping and a growing demand for imported shrimp, the organization fears the industry is dying. Considering the harsh winter of the Lowcountry, the past years of miserable shrimping and a growing demand for imported shrimp, the organization fears the industry is dying.
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - Monday morning Shem Creek Fisheries, a non profit organization working to help aid local shrimpers, went to Mount Pleasant's financial committee to ask how they can partner with the town in order to stay in business.

According to the organization's leader, Grace Edwards, the meeting was successful but it's in the beginning stages and not much can be done yet. She also said the organization would like to qualify as a charitable recipient at the Blessing of the Fleet, right now shrimpers don't receive more than t-shirt sale money from the event.

Considering the harsh winter of the Lowcountry, the past years of miserable shrimping and a growing demand for imported shrimp, the organization fears the industry is dying.

Related: Shem Creek community rallies after shrimp boat sinks

Recently Wando Shrimp closed and shows no promise of reopening.

Rocky Magwood, whose boat sank a week before Christmas, worked off Wando's dock and is now looking for work elsewhere once again. He said his cousin is going to let him work on his boat for awhile.

Magwood says there's no competition among shrimpers, they've all grown up together and suffered at the same times so with Wando closing it's the same as watching childhood friends lose their jobs.

Magwood said none of the restaurants on Shem Creek buy from the shrimpers that share their docks.

One Shem Creek restaurant told News 2 over the phone that the local shrimpers could not keep up with their demand. They insist they aren't selling imported seafood, they said the company they buy from (based out of Louisiana) has several fisheries in South Carolina.

Edwards said it's misleading that customers see the shrimp boats and assume their dinners are local when they are not.

There is a bill in the House of Representatives right now that would prevent restaurants from claiming food is local if it's not. (read the bill here)

Magwood Seafood, Tommy Edwards (Mrs. Judy Too's boat), and the Tarvin family (Miss Paula's boat) gave me this list of restaurants they sell to during shrimp season:
  1. Buddy Roe's
  2. Ted's Butcher Block
  3. Langdon's
  4. Opal
  5. Tristan's
  6. Ms. Rose's
  7. The Meeting Street Restaurant
  8. Art's Bar and Grill
  9. Bricco Bracco
  10. Burwell's Stonefire Grill
  11. Sea Biscuit Cafe
  12. Salt at station 22
  13. The Ordinary
  14. Gilligan's
  15. SeeWee Restaurant
  16. Gullah Cuisine
  17. The Variety Store (the downtown Marina)
  18. The Boathouse
  19. Carolina's
  20. Hank's
  21. The Wreck
  22. The Shelter
  23. Southerly Restaurant
   
    Shrimp season typically begins early June. The Blessing of the Fleet is scheduled for the last weekend in April.
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