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Foggy Morning in Darien

I live near Darien so I’ve photographed the shrimp boats here more times than I can count. With all the challenges facing independent fishermen, I think it’s important to document their presence.

Seeing them in a coastal fog is a totally different experience.

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On Board

Shrimp Boat Family Darien GA McIntosh County in 2012 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

This is an outttake from the 2012 Blessing of the Fleet. I believe this boat was the Amazing Grace, which was lost not long after the festival.

 

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Shrimp Boats, Darien

Shrimp Boat Lady Vanessa Darien GA McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Lady Vanessa

Shrimp Boat Tal & Al Darien GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Tal & Al

 

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Shrimp Boats on the Darien River

Shrimp Boat at Sunset American Flag Darien River GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

 

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Shrimp Boats, Darien

Darien GA Shrimp Boats Blessing of the Fleet 2012 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

 

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Bringing in Oysters, Darien

Oystermen Bringing in the Days Catch of Oysters Darien River Altamaha Delta Darien GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Scenes like this are common along the coast, but the independent fisherman is a dying breed. Environmental changes and farm-raised shellfish from Asia are the biggest threat.

 

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Blessing of the Fleet, 2012, Darien

44th Annual Blessing of the Fleet – Darien, Georgia

The Capt. Drew and a host of others await their turns in the parade of shrimp boats which comprise the Blessing of the Fleet.  From the eastern edge of Darien the boats parade toward the US Highway 17 bridge, receive their blessings, and return to the docks, all to the cheers of hundreds of well-wishers.

This tradition has grown into one of Georgia’s most popular festivals, including a weekend-long celebration featuring fine artists, musicians, vendors, and of course, the freshest wild Georgia seafood available. The prices are reasonable, but get your meal before the ceremony. If you wait until afterward, it’s not as likely to be freshly cooked.

I cannot overemphasize my support for the member fishermen of the Wild Georgia Shrimp group. Most people don’t realize that most of the shrimp and other seafood they buy in grocery stores and markets these days is far from fresh, and originates far from Georgia. Chinese and farm-raised shrimp and fish have essentially taken over the U. S. market, but not only is their quality vastly inferior, its availability threatens the very way of life of the men, women and families who make their livings fishing in Georgia’s coastal waters.

If you have the choice, only purchase shrimp branded with the “Wild Georgia Shrimp” logo or look for their decal on restaurant doors and menus. If an establishment doesn’t carry it, ask them why not. Though fresh seafood is always more readily available near the coast, the Wild Georgia Shrimp logo is starting to show up in more and more localities.

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