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Shrimp boat to make promotional stop in Demopolis

A Mississippi shrimp boat captain is making headlines for his plan to sail his 62-foot, 65,000-pound shrimping vessel, the Bella Mia, up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and dock in Columbus, Miss., for three months. Along the way, he will make a stop in Demopolis to sell shrimp and promote Gulf Coast seafood.

Tim Harrison, of Longbeach, Miss., said he is making the trip to show the public the importance of buying seafood produced at home and not overseas.

Rufus Ward, the project coordinator for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum said Harrison’s plan is for the boat to dock at several cities along the Tenn-Tom, including Demopolis, and sell shrimp off the boat. He also plans to include a shrimp cooking demonstration with recipes and spices provided by noted New Orleans chef Paul Perdone.

The trip is expected to be made in May.