PASS CHRISTIAN -- Work doesn't really feel like work for Adam Toler, for he spends six days a week surrounded by the Mississippi Sound. He and his small crew leave the Pass Christian Harbor around sunrise each morning and return in the early afternoon with sacks of oysters to sell to seafood dealers as soon as they hit the harbor launch again.

 

The South Mississippi seafood industry is a tradition for Toler's family.

 

"I've been commercial fishing since I was a kid," he said. "I've been doing this my whole life."

 

Toler's father and grandfather built a shrimp boat in 1981 called Sugarbabe. Now, his brother owns the vessel that is docked at the old Pass Christian Harbor.

 

"My grandma called my grandpa 'Sugar,' and he called her 'Babe,' so they named it the Sugarbabe," Toler said.

 

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