Checking in with shrimpers

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 7:21am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 10:27am

As the one and a half year mark of the Crisis on the Coast gets closer, shrimpers along the shore say things aren't getting any better.

One of those shrimpers is Kim Champlin.   He's been a shrimper for 35 years.  He says the low price of shrimp, combined with the high price of gas, and a lingering bad reputation of bad shrimp quality is making it nearly impossible to make ends meet.

"It's horrible", says Champlin.

The 2011 seasons had to be outstanding.  That's to make up for the losses following the oil spill.  But Champlin says the shrimp aren't in the Gulf. 

"They're not there, or if they are there's only a few", he says.

Despite the setbacks, Champlin says he was born to shrimp, and that's what he's going to do until he's kicked out of the industry.

"Failure is not an option".

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