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Hometown Live: Shrimp Season In The Lowcountry

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -

We all know the phrase "the early bird get's the worm" but in the Lowcountry it's the shrimp. One local family has been catching the fruit of the sea for 50 years.

If you like to eat your shrimp the many ways made famous in Forrest Gump such as "shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad"  you'll have to thank the Reaves family's Sea Eagle Market for getting it to your table. 

"We moved to Beaufort in 1992 and there were roughly 80 to 90 commercial shrimp boats in Beaufort County alone and now there are probably a dozen to 15 boats," said Craig Reaves.

Craig Reaves, along with his brother Cameron, and father Laten who started the family business, is trying to keep the local industry alive which has had to compete with foreign seafood imports.

"It hurt us more eight or ten years ago than it is has now, but it got the trend started, and once it got the trend started it really put a hurt on the commercial fisherman," said Laten Reaves.

This family stuck with the hard work and is seeing some positive results.

"If you're in the right spot, a thousand pounds a day, that's a good day," said Craig Reeves.

As the crew hauls in the nets, they see the fruit of their labor flopping around.

"These brown shrimp are really sweet, really good eating shrimp," said Cameron Reaves.

"Our roe shrimp have been good and the brownies, everything is running a little bit late but there's enough to keep us going anyway," said Craig Reaves.

As for the future, Craig Reaves believes his family's business will be there for the long haul. 

"People now want to know their farmers, they want local produce, and they want to know their fishermen as well," said Reaves.  

If you would like to learn more about the Sea Eagle Market click here: http://seaeaglemarket.com/

 

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