Fulton Seafood Industry

Fulton Seafood Industry (HM1406)

Location: Rockport, TX 78382 Aransas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 3.702', W 97° 2.064'

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Seafood has always been a Fulton staple. As early as the 1880s, commercial fishing for trout, redfish, sheepshead, turtles, and oysters had become significant for Fulton's economy. About 1888, David Rockport Scrivner opened Miller Brothers Fish Company at Broadway on the waterfront, and utilized sailing scows whose nets captured up to 2,000 pounds in a catch.

In the early 1900s, local fishermen began harvesting shrimp and building boats in their home yards. By the 1950s, the Fulton harbor front included the Casterline Fish Co., Fulton Fish Co., Fulton Fish and Oyster Co., Rauquette & Wendell Fish Co., Johnson Fish Co., and Dietrich Brothers Seafood.

The Casterlines—Cecil, Frank, then L.E.—had a plant where workers packed shrimp as well as oysters, paying wages in tokens that could be cashed or spent in town.

In 1975, the family of Nguyen Van Ban became the first of dozens of Vietnamese immigrant families to move to Fulton to work in the shrimping industry. Within a few years, several had built their own boats.

In 1979, the town of Fulton began its annual celebration, Oysterfest, to honor the importance of the fishing industry to the community.
HM NumberHM1406
Marker Number11
Year Placed2012
Placed ByTown of Fulton, Aransas County Historical Society, Inc., and Aransas County Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 6:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 693173 N 3105596
Decimal Degrees28.06170000, -97.03440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 3.702', W 97° 2.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 3' 42.12" N, 97° 2' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 S Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport TX 78382, US
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