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Sustainability in Aquaculture Making Inroads in SC

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  Although many people refuse to eat oysters in months that don’t have an “r” in their names, our next guest says that it’s still a great business to be in year-round.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Doran, president of St. Jude Farms, a family-owned seafood company and aquaculture farm located in Green Pond, SC in the heart of the ACE Basin.

*Note: After this interview was recorded, we learned that the SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is hosting public meetings on July 14th and 20th regarding proposed amendments to shellfish summer harvesting regulations in order to give the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the guidance they need to allow summer harvesting of oysters.  Click here for more info.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.