MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Shem Creek Shrimpers are calling on the Mount Pleasant community for help staying afloat.
The U.S. Coast Guard is requiring a new, inflatable life rafts be added to the shrimp fleet, according to Save Shem Creek Corp.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard representative, the new requirements are to increase safety on the shrimp boats.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for new inflatable life rafts for each boat.
Each raft costs about $3,000, according to Save Shem Creek Corp.
At last check Monday afternoon, $1,935 had been raised.
Organizers say they're hoping to get to $30,000, which could purchase up to ten rafts.
All of the donated money will go directly to Save Shem Creek Corporation, who will then directly to the purchase of the necessary equipment and give it to the shrimpers.
The fleet has to have the inflatable rafts on their boats by February of 2016, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The life rafts are just one of several financial concerns the shrimpers have faced in recent years. They've also voiced issues with boat maintenance, dock space, as well as ice and storage on the creek.
The Save Shem Creek website lists all of the local restaurants and businesses who still purchase fresh seafood from the fleet.