MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — At Tuesday’s Mount Pleasant Town Council Meeting, council unanimously approved to allow Shem Creek fishermen to sell their catch at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market.
The market is located near Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd. Anglers will be able to sell their catch Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Councilman Mark Smith proposed the idea after visiting a fish market in San Diego, California. He hopes this helps build relationships among the local fishermen and local shoppers.
He says the shrimping boat number is down to only 10 shrimpers on Shem Creek. He says he does not want a day to come that does not have a shrimp boat in the local waters. He hopes this improves the struggling industry.
“It would be great to have it on Tuesday with the hubbub and the crowd and everything,” said Debbie Lyles, a Mt. Pleasant seafood customer.
“You build a relationship with the crowd and shrimpers, and that’s part of small town living,” she said.
The fish market could start as soon as April 23, and it will be seasonal. Smith also says this year will be a trial run, so no word if it will return in the future.
Only the 10 Shem Creek shrimp boat owners will be allowed to apply for a permit to sell their catch at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market.