Georgia shrimpers are asking the federal government to declare this fall's shrimp harvest a disaster. Final harvest numbers won't be in for another month. But shrimpers are reporting some of their worst fall harvests ever. A disaster declaration would make harvesters eligible for financial aid. A spokesman for the industry says the summer's heavy rains and a marine disease led to the low shrimp populations.
Coastal shrimpers have experienced several months of great catches but are getting little in return. The Georgia shrimpers association says warm waters and low disease rates meant a greater number of large shrimp in Brunswick.