If you want to get fresh shrimp right off family-owned boats, then consider Skinner’s Seafood in idyllic Townsend, GA. Located just 10 miles NE from Darien, Skinner’s provides a broad vista of the marshland and Blackbeard Creek. The prices are reasonable: $9 per pound and you can’t ask for anything more fresh. The Skinner’s are down-home friendly and have been in this business for many years.
Between 400 and 500 licensed shrimp boats do most of the commercial harvesting in Georgia. Their territory ranges from the coast to eight miles offshore. The shrimp industry accounts for more than 80% of the state’s total value of caught seafood — between 4- to 10-million pounds weighing in at over $7.5 million.