A Narrative History of South Carolina's Shrimping Industry
The shrimping industry in South Carolina has a rich and storied history. The industry is rapidly vanishing as shrimpers expenses continue to rise, competition from imports affects profits, and coastal development and rising property values threaten dockage and packing houses.
This narrative history will preserve the tradition of this important maritime industry and its related culture.
- Organize and transcribe Dr. Burrell’s (former Director of the Marine Resources Research Institute) extensive interview notes about the shrimping history.
- Research public records and documents involving the shrimping history.
- Conduct additional interviews with individuals connected to the shrimping industry, such as:
- boat owners and/or captains,
- dock owners and/or managers,
- strikers and boat crew,
- longtime dock customers,
- DNR biologists,
- DNR wildlife officers,
- shrimp buyers,
- seafood restaurants, and so on.
- Collect, compile, and to take photographs related to the industry, such as:
- shrimp docks,
- working shrimp boats,
- packing houses,
- individual industry participants, and so on.
- Organize collected facts and acquired information.
- Draft, edit, and revise the narrative.
- Publish the narrative in a professional format.
- Distribute the narrative to the public.
- Secure a future opportunity to distribute subsequent future printings of the book.