Shrimping Season Brings Tourists to the Gulf Coast

Those who make a living off shrimping continue to trawl coast waters on day two of this year’s season.
The shrimp boats returned to their docks today, heavy with Mississippi Gulf Coast shrimp, and dozens of locals and tourists made their way to the harbor to take home some of the best the Gulf Coast has to offer.
Jesse Fikuart, an electrician from Southern Illinois, said, “ we’ll probably boil them up tonight, we had a fishing trip last night and got some fresh fish filets we’re going to cook up also, so we’ll have a good seafood supper.”
Many tourists sample coastal cuisine during their visits, while others simply bring the experience home. Terry Cannady, retired Ingalls shipbuilder, brought his family to visit the coast. He says, “They’re going to take it back with them to Columbus, Ohio. We bought twenty pounds, gorgeous shrimp. They’re pretty good here; they caught a lot of them. Gave us plenty of ice, shrimp look perfect.”
Living on the coast, it’s never a struggle to find your favorite catch, but many around the county come here to satisfy their seafood cravings. Deborah Taylor, from Columbus Oh, said she’s excited about the real seafood and she can’t wait to get it home and cook.
While thankful for the early start, some shrimpers feel waiting a few more weeks would have helped increase the size of the early harvests, but not even small shrimp will keep visitors away.
Prices at the harbor this morning ranged from $5 a pound to as low as $1.

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