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Drought Status "Moderate" in Beaufort Co.

While rainfall is bringing relief to much of the drought-stricken state of South Carolina, two counties are dealing with worse conditions.  The South Carolina Drought Response Committee just raised the drought threat from "minor" to "moderate."   But for those who count on water and fish for a way of life...this can do some major damage.

 

Tonya Hudson- DeSalve simply calls the shrimp season "awful."  Low rainfall means a low turnout.

Because when the salinity is so high--shrimp turn lethargic and don't eat or grow and eventually die.

It's a story she says her crew is dealing with right now.

 

When we don't get much rain we typically think of how it hurts land farmers--and the vegetation grows from the ground, but those who make money in the water--need it just as much.

 

"It can most definitely hurt the crabs or just the spawning of fish," Drew Davis said.

 

Drew Davis is a captain for Out of the Blue Fishing Charters on Hilton Head and while summer is his busy season...the weather now affects business then.

 

"When it comes time for me and all these other charter boat captains to catch fish for people it's hard to catch because you don't have as much and I know last year and the year before the trout got hit hard.  Not so much with the drought but just the cold and that really affected how we fish for them in the summer time and fall," he said.

 

Across the state line, Davis' says his father sees change on the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill.

 

"He's actually 22 miles from salt water and they're noticing trout that have never been up there before.  Red fish and flounder, too.  The salt is being pushed up from the coast up stream.  They're also noticing depletion in crappy and large mouth bass," Davis said.

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