Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida's Agricultural Heritage in Paintings by Robert Butler

Ocean Farming

Ocean Farming

One could easily surmise that shrimping has long been an occupation of man.

Old World seafarers found many shell mounds when they encountered New World sea-going cultures. It requires no stretch of the imagination to consider shrimp as part of the diet of ancient New World voyagers.

Today, through modern technology, this delicacy of the sea has found its way into the diet of people the world over. Many millions will never visit the seashore but can still enjoy a colorful variety of palatable expressions in the form of shrimp.

Though the back-breaking work and brutal hours of shrimpers is seldom appreciated at a dinner table, shrimpers know all too well the beguiling smile of a golden sunrise, the seductive beckoning of waters unexplored, and the unlimited bounty waiting for the brave and the free.

Men who go down to the sea take risks, but there can be no contest against salt in the blood, a good pair of sea legs, and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the American way.

— Robert Butler, 1999

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