Gulf shrimpers afloat for another season

PALACIOS – Greg Seaman, a 49-year-old Palacios native, has managed to stay afloat in a rough business.

Four generations of his family have trawled the Gulf of Mexico for shrimp.

“I’m too old to do anything else,” Seaman said. “At almost 50, it’s hard to start something new.”

From his 53-foot shrimp boat, Seaman pointed across the port to another boat. The Sea Gull has been in his family since it was built in 1926 and has one of the oldest boat licenses in the state of Texas.

On Friday, Seaman and his captain, David DeLeon, 49, prepared their vessel, the H.T. Seaman, for Monday’s opening of commercial shrimp season in the Gulf. Both have been in the business for more than 30 years.

The pair, with another crew member, departed Sunday to hunt for a thick concentration of shrimp. The crew can drop their trawl 30 minutes after sunset Monday.

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