Shrimpers hopeful for better fall catch

By Jennifer Grove - bio | email

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Shrimpers are getting ready to head back out into the Atlantic this week to begin the last leg of the season.

James Goude says they just finished up trolling for brown shrimp and are making repairs to their boat, changing out nets, and waiting until they can go out to start white shrimp tolling for the fall season.

At Murrells Inlet Seafood, Rick Baumann says the first two legs of the shrimping season failed to net huge profits.

"The catches off South Carolina have been fair to moderate," Baumann said. "The prices have been about traditional on your regular sizes, on the bigger sizes a little bit higher than traditional."

He says near the start of the season, shrimp was up about $1 a pound because of the situation in the Gulf, but overall he says it has not had a huge impact.

"No profound price increase at all," Baumann emphasized. "[Although] there's been an occasional price increase on larger sizes of shrimp."

Goude says that if someone is making bank off the oil spill, it sure is not him.

"[We've| been catching the shrimp, but the way prices is and the fuel, you can't really even break even," Goude explained.

As they ready the nets for another round in the Atlantic, Goude remains optimistic.

"I think we're going to have a good white shrimp season to tell you the truth," he said.

"That catch this year in South Carolina was a little shallow, which typically indicates a better fall is in the making for us," Baumann agreed.

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