Sunday, August 17, 2008

shrimp boats - part 2

The boats are as tough and as crusty as their crews.

On the open ocean they trawl day after day with their huge nets deployed from the booms extended over the sides of the boats.

I don't know how much of a catch is a good catch but even on less profitable trips I'm guessing they count the catch by the ton.

With all the heavy machinery bolted to the decks and grinding away on a rolling tide, it's not unusual to hear local radio report another shrimper losing a body part or even his life.

I only spoke to a handful of them but, based on those conversations, the shrimpers seem to be a bit detached but very direct men of few words. From my perspective, it seems like a rough way to make a living. From their perspective, it's a way of life.

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