Shem Creek shrimpers grapple with impending life raft requirement

With an online effort to collect $30,000 to purchase life rafts for Shem Creek’s shrimpers stalled out around the $2500 mark.  Matthew Hooper of the USCG’s Charleston sector says he’s not aware of any Shem Creek boats equipped with life rafts; Shem Creek Fisheries estimates the rafts cost about $3000 each.According to Brunson, the fee represents another hardship for local shrimpers who’ve struggled to stay in business in the face of international competition; meager harvests and the demise of area processors. Read the rest here 11:16