Miss Paula Seafood - click to enlarge

South Carolina Shrimp’n

The South Carolina ‘Lowcountry’ is known as a large commercial fishing area, especially shrimp (and oysters, yuck). But coastal property values are sky high around Charleston and threatening the small water front businesses.

Miss Paula Seafood - click to enlarge
Miss Paula Seafood – click to enlarge

Some exist side by side with the houses and restaurants that keep moving in.

The shrimper above, Carolina Breeze, was part of Miss Paula Shrimp. The retail and warehouse may still be Miss Paula, I don’t know. The Pelicans lined up on the pylons don’t much care as long as the free eats continue.

Carolina Breeze, Miss Paula's - click to enlarge
Carolina Breeze, Miss Paula’s – click to enlarge

Below a shrimper is tied up at the end of the day, you can see the private boats behind her. A sign of the changing times.

South Carolina Shrimp'n - click to enlarge
South Carolina Shrimp’n – click to enlarge

Below is the Geechie Seafood Company seen from the dock side.

Geechie Seafood - click to enlarge
Geechie Seafood – click to enlarge

Geechie, and Gullah, is a language spoken by the Gullah people, an African-American population living in coastal regions of the American states of South Carolina, Georgia and northeast Florida.

South Carolina Shrimp'n - click to enlarge
South Carolina Shrimp’n – click to enlarge

For now the shrimpers and developers are both working in the South Carolina coastal regions. However there are a lot less independent shrimpers now than there were not that long ago.

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