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Throwback Thursday: When Shrimp Was King!

21 April 2020

1940s real photo postcard of a Shrimp Catch in Port Isabel, Texas.Throwback Thursday: Port Isabel’s close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico meant that vessels had quick access to the gulf waters and abundant shrimp. By 1958 Port Isabel had 10 processing plants and 173 shrimp boats operated from local docks and was known as the Shrimping Capital of the World! A 1968 article titled, “They Farm the Sea”, boasted that Port Isabel had the largest tonnage of shrimp in the United States with an annual harvest of 20 million pounds. In 1967 the industry was valued over $100 million, exceeding tuna and salmon. Restaurants proclaimed, “The shrimp you eat here slept in the Gulf of Mexico last night”.

Telling Our Stories! Our Shrimping History by Mike Cateora 7/26 7p

24 July 2018
Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Port Isabel’s Shrimping History” by Mike Cateora.
The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, June 28, at 7pm @ the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Ave.
‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.
For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.