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The History and Sustainability of Shrimping in St. Augustine
waterfrontSt. Augustine, Florida, March 18, 2014

Because Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) has an ongoing commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, Dr. John M. Toothman, IOUF Board of Governors and Roxanne K. Toothman, M.S., IOUF Director of Sustainability participated in a seminar on “How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront” led by Archeologist, Brendan Burk of the Lighthouse Archeological Maritime Program at Flagler College.  As part of the St. Augustine Historical Research Institute, the Program presented the role of Greek immigrants with a specialty in building fishing vessels for shrimping.  At one time, St. Augustine, Florida was the shrimping capital of the world. This cultural shrimping industry has vanished and has been replaced by an over-seas commercial fishing industry that is currently overfishing and depleting the oceans and denying future generations of vital sustenance.