National Geographic : 1978 Aug
Tomorrow's shrimp cocktail is part of the ten-million-dollar annual harvest (right)by 350 commercial trawlers work ing the Georgia coast. Cold weather in January 1977 cut the take by a third, prompting the state's De partment of Natural Resources and the Marine Extension Service of the Univer sity of Georgia to come to the rescue. They not only helped fishermen develop better gear, but also located a new fishing ground 60 miles offshore where four boats netted a $50,000 catch of finfish in their first two days. Now the agencies search 100-foot depths for hard-shell rock shrimp, a lob sterlike delicacy. A local waterman near Savannah (be low) traps blue crabs, second only to shrimp as money earners along the coast.