As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Valona, GA, is for your family.
At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.
When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.
We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Valona, GA.
Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Valona, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.
We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:
We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.
We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Valona, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Valona has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.
From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Valona, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.
Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.
We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.
Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Valona and the surrounding area:
Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.
Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.
If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.
Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Valona can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.
Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:
Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.
As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:
You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Valona. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.
Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.
If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.
You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.
As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.
If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.
If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.
When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.
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We thank all volunteer weather observers for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.$$
GRUZINIMA je i bod dovoljan. Reprezentacija Gruzije danas od 18 ?asova ima lepu priliku da u duelu protiv Severne Makedonije na ''Boris Pai?adze Dinamo Areni'' u Tbilisiju u okviru petog kola Grupe "4" divizije "C" Lige nacija overi prvo mesto i obezbedi plasman u viši rang, ta?nije u Ligu "B".Gruzija igra odli?no u ovogodišnjem izdanju Lige nacija pošto je tim selektora Vilija Sanjola za sada neporažen. Gruzini su ostvarili pobede u prva tri kola protiv Gibraltara, Bugarsk...
Reprezentacija Gruzije danas od 18 ?asova ima lepu priliku da u duelu protiv Severne Makedonije na ''Boris Pai?adze Dinamo Areni'' u Tbilisiju u okviru petog kola Grupe "4" divizije "C" Lige nacija overi prvo mesto i obezbedi plasman u viši rang, ta?nije u Ligu "B".
Gruzija igra odli?no u ovogodišnjem izdanju Lige nacija pošto je tim selektora Vilija Sanjola za sada neporažen. Gruzini su ostvarili pobede u prva tri kola protiv Gibraltara, Bugarske i Severne Makedonije, da bi u revašu sa Bugarskom odigrali nerešeno, pa je junskom delu Lige nacija Gruzija od maksimalnih 12 osvojila ?ak 10 bodova i prva je u Grupi "4".
Sanjolova ekipa igra veoma dobro i protiv Severne Makedonije ima priliku da seriju utakmica bez poraza pove?a na ?ak 10. Iako je ulog prvo mesto i plasman u viši rang, Gruzini u današnji me? ulaze relativno rastere?eni pošto im je i bod protiv Severne Makedonije dovoljan za overu plasman u Ligu "B" jer ih u poslednjem kolu ?eka me? protiv Gibraltara u kojem su aposlutni favoriti. Gruzija na prvom mesto ostaje ?ak i u slu?aju poraza, osim ako Severna Makedonija ne nadoknadi minus iz prvog me?a kada je poražena sa 3:0.
Makedonci tako?e ne igraju loše u ovom izdanju Lige nacija pošto su jedini poraz doživeli od Gruzije, dok su ostvarili dve pobede i odigrali nerešeno sa Bugarskom. Severna Makedonija još uvek ima šanse da ona bude ta koja ?e sa prvog mesta oti?i u višu diviziju, ali ?e morati danas da bude naro?ito efikasna jer Gruzija u me?usobnim duelima ima bolju gol-razliku trenutno zbog ubedljive pobede u junu.
Me?utim, ako i rezultat bude išao u korist Makedoniji, ostaje i poslednje kolo u kojem ?e ekipa selektora Blagoja Milevskog imati ozbiljan ispit protiv Bugarske dok Gruziju o?ekuje duel sa fenjerašem Gibraltarom.
Sanjol za današnji me? nema mnogo problema sa povredama igra?a pošto ?e izostati samo Jemal Tabidze, dok je u težoj situaciji Milevski. Severna Makedonija ne?e imati na raspolaganju Stefana Ristovskog, Darka ?urlinova, Valona Etemija, Erdala Rakipa i Dejana Ilijeva zbog povreda.
Me?usobni me?evi ove dve selekcije odigravali su se samo u Ligi nacija, pa ih je zbog toga samo ?etiri. Po jednu pobedu su ostvarili Gruzija i Severna Makedonija, dok su dva me?a završena remijem.
Najve?i brod-knjižara na svijetu, “Logos Hope”, uskoro dolazi u Crnu Goru, gdje ?e provesti mjesec dana. To su potvrdili na internet stranici i vlasnici ovog nesvakidašnjeg broda, me?unarodne organizacije Good Books for All (GBA).”Logos Hope”, na kome se nalazi nekoliko stotina hiljada knjiga, odnosno preko 5.000 naslova iz raznih oblasti, trenutno se nalazi u albanskoj luci Valona, a poslije Dra?a ?e 20. oktobra uploviti u barsku luku. Brod ?e se zatim 8. novembra premjestiti u marinu Portonovi kod Her...
Najve?i brod-knjižara na svijetu, “Logos Hope”, uskoro dolazi u Crnu Goru, gdje ?e provesti mjesec dana. To su potvrdili na internet stranici i vlasnici ovog nesvakidašnjeg broda, me?unarodne organizacije Good Books for All (GBA).
”Logos Hope”, na kome se nalazi nekoliko stotina hiljada knjiga, odnosno preko 5.000 naslova iz raznih oblasti, trenutno se nalazi u albanskoj luci Valona, a poslije Dra?a ?e 20. oktobra uploviti u barsku luku. Brod ?e se zatim 8. novembra premjestiti u marinu Portonovi kod Herceg Novog, gdje ?e se zadržati do 21. novembra. Nakon Crne Gore, “Logos Hope” nastavlja za Gr?ku, Liban, Egipat, Jordan...
U literarnom fondu najve?eg broda-knjižare na svijetu su mahom knjige na engleskom jeziku, a pored beletristike i stru?nih naslova iz više oblasti, poput raznih grana nauke, istorije, umjetnosti, gastronomije, sporta, hobija i religije, na njemu se nalazi i zavidna kolekcija udžbenika za koledže za u?enje stranih jezika, matematike, geografije i istorije.
Na ovom 132,5 metara dugom i 21 metar širokom brodu od 12.519 brutro-tona je posada koju ?ini oko 300 ljudi koji dolaze iz 60 država svijeta. Svi oni – od zapovjednika do posljednjeg mornara i kuvara - volonteri su i nisu pla?eni za svoj rad. Ve?ina njih i živi na brodu koji krstari svijetom promovišu?i snagu knjige, obrazovanja i znanja.
Posada “Logos Hopea” tokom njegovog boravka u raznim lukama organizuje razne kurseve za lokalno stanovništvo, ili mu pomaže kroz razne volonterske i akcije saradnje sa lokalnim NVO. Cilj posade ovog neobi?nog, kosmopolitskog broda je da u praksi pokaže kako ljudi koji dolaze iz razli?iih zajednica, kultura i religija, mogu veoma dobro i lijepo da zajedno žive i funkcionišu. Brod se finansira najve?im dijelom od dobrovoljnih priloga donatora, odnosno same prodaje knjiga koje GBA nabavlja od donatora-izdava?a po djeli?u njihove prave, tržišne cijene. Tako?e, napla?uje se i ulaz na brod za posjetioce koji žele da ga obi?u i kupe neku od knjiga iz ponude ove jedinstvene plove?e knjižare.
Do danas “Logos Hope” je preplovio skoro 110 hiljada nauti?kih milja svjetskim morima i okeanima, posjetio 118 luka u 70 zemalja svijeta, te ugostio skoro 7,9 miliona posjetilaca koji su prošli preko njegovih paluba i salona sa knjigama. Ukupno je do sada na tom brodu prodato preko 8,1 milion knjiga.
The last wild river in Europe will host the continent's first river national park. This is the commitment signed on June 13 by Albanian Minister of the Environment Mirela Kumbaro and Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia, the sportswear brand that for years has supported a mobilisation that has now become global. In the memorandum, signed at the Tirana Opera House in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama and representatives of the NGOs of the Save the Blue Earth of Europe coalition, the parties give themselves a month to set up a working group in...
The last wild river in Europe will host the continent's first river national park. This is the commitment signed on June 13 by Albanian Minister of the Environment Mirela Kumbaro and Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia, the sportswear brand that for years has supported a mobilisation that has now become global. In the memorandum, signed at the Tirana Opera House in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama and representatives of the NGOs of the Save the Blue Earth of Europe coalition, the parties give themselves a month to set up a working group in charge of undertaking all steps to make the park a reality.
Unlike in traditional parks, in a river park it is not a portion of the territory that is protected but the river itself, in this case the Vjosa in all its length, up to the border with Greece and its tributaries. Due to the speed with which water courses evolve and the multiplicity of functions they perform, it is difficult to establish and comply with standardised criteria for this type of protected areas, which are therefore very rare. The Vjosa will be the first in Europe to rise to the status of a national park.
Therefore, many in Europe are watching with interest. If all goes well, the hope is to export the model to the numerous almost intact watercourses of the Balkans, all threatened by hydroelectricity, and also in the mountain stretch of Vjosa itself, in Greece (where it is called Aoos), which already crosses a National Park.
In addition to a management and control system, the park will be designed to welcome visitors, host scientific and educational activities, and provide an economic opportunity for the populations who still live in contact with the river.
The Vjosa has acquired great international visibility a few years ago, also thanks to the stance of celebrities such as Leonardo di Caprio and a very successful documentary – Blue Heart – produced by Patagonia. But the mobilisation to save it started much more quietly, almost ten years ago.
"Forty hydroelectric plants were planned along the Vjosa and its tributaries", says Besjana Guri of the Eco Albania association, one of the first to take sides in defence of the river. "In 2017, together with thirty-eight residents near the river, we won a lawsuit that ultimately blocked a dam in Pocem, in the flat section of the river. A few months later, however, the government authorised the resumption of works on another dam, that of Kalivac, which had begun in the early 2000s and was then abandoned". Amidst ups and downs, a definitive stop to the work would only come in 2021.
Meanwhile, environmentalists had gathered in the Save the Blue Heart of Europe coalition, which unites several Balkan NGOs, the Austrian River Watch, and the German foundation EuroNatur, in defence of all the rivers in the region. The initiatives multiplied, including legal initiatives, demonstrations in the square, crowded concerts, and spectacular kayaking rides. Part of the scientific community was also directly involved. In 2020, some Albanian researchers launched a petition that would be signed by over 700 scientists from around the world.
In a poll carried out at the end of 2020, 94% of Albanians said they were in favour of protecting the Vjosa. The issue made its entrance into the 2021 electoral campaign, in which Edi Rama – later the winner – had promised the establishment of the national park.
Since then, however, nothing had been done. On the other hand, not very reassuring news leaked, such as that of Shell's launch of an exploration campaign to search for hydrocarbons in the area.
Finally, on January 26 of this year, the government announced the creation of a natural park, and not a national one as expected. “A natural park is too low a protection category”, explains Besjana Guri, “in which hydroelectric plants are not explicitly prohibited. And the proposal did not include the tributaries". A petition was then launched which to date has exceeded 50,000 signatures, while iconic places from all over the world – including the Grand Canyon of Colorado and the Sydney Opera House as well as the main Albanian and European cities – became the background of enormous writings reading "Vjosa National Park Now".
Finally, after a long negotiation, the memorandum arrived. At this point, save unexpected twists, there are no more big obstacles, also thanks to the now official support of Patagonia. The Californian brand, which invests part of its revenues in environmental causes and has been at the forefront of campaigns for the Balkan rivers for years, is committed to making its “skills and competences available to the establishment of the National Park”.
The Vjosa is born in the Pindus mountains, in Greece, and flows into the Adriatic near Valona. Its turquoise waters, stretching from the narrow gorges of the mountain to the meanders intertwined in boundless gravel beds, are a unique biodiversity hotspot in the region.
The middle stretch alone provides at least 8 habitat types of utmost importance for conservation at European level, while the river as a whole hosts at least 15 globally threatened species and 75 included in the Red List of endangered species in Albania.
In fact, a dam on this river exists in the Greek stretch near the source. But once this first obstacle has been overcome, the Vjosa flows free to flood vast alluvial plains, deposit sediments, and periodically change its course, and so do its numerous tributaries.
The floods provide the villages of Vjosa with fertile soil, while the abundance and diversity of fish is vital for the welfare of local fishermen, especially in the lower part. According to the proponents, the park would be an opportunity for communities living along the river. Before the pandemic, tourism in the region grew by 15% a year and water-related activities, from kayaking to rafting, had more than doubled in just a few years. If carefully managed, the park could offer opportunities along the entire path of the river, without damaging the territory.
"A lot of work remains to be done before we can guarantee the future of the Vjosa", concludes Guri, "but the memorandum is a milestone for Albania and for river defenders all over the world".
A simple dinner-party question—should one eat shrimp?—sets Tamar Adler off on an ethical and gastronomic journey.“Should I eat shrimp?”I was being asked a serious question—as one sometimes is, even at balmy dinners alfresco. It came from a friend of a friend, who had, incidentally, been a bit of a bore all evening. “I want to be told,” he said. “I love shrimp, but should I be eating it?”How reductive! I thought. How self-involved! I rattled off a recommended ...
A simple dinner-party question—should one eat shrimp?—sets Tamar Adler off on an ethical and gastronomic journey.
“Should I eat shrimp?”
I was being asked a serious question—as one sometimes is, even at balmy dinners alfresco. It came from a friend of a friend, who had, incidentally, been a bit of a bore all evening. “I want to be told,” he said. “I love shrimp, but should I be eating it?”
How reductive! I thought. How self-involved! I rattled off a recommended reading list on marine topics—Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us, seafood writer Paul Greenberg’s excellent American Catch and Four Fish—urged him to think with more subtlety about seafood ethics, and turned the conversation to amusing names for boats.
It was only late that night, when my rosy cloud of self-congratulation cleared, that I discovered that I didn’t actually know: Should he eat shrimp? Should I . . . I mean: Should we?
Yes, the news surrounding shrimp is mostly bad. I have read exposés of slave and child labor at two stages of Thai and Indonesian shrimp production—which implicates the shrimp available at major supermarket chains. The carbon cost of shrimp raised in mangroves, among the Earth’s most important and fragile ecosystems, is leviathan. But does that amount to a simple no?
I decided to do some detecting and immediately learned that whether or not we should eat shrimp, we do—on average just over four pounds per person a year, making it the country’s most popular seafood. Eighty to 90 percent is imported. Almost all is farmed, and Old MacDonald did not have a shrimp farm. Shrimp farms in Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Vietnam, and Malaysia (our leading import sources in order) are man-made ponds brimming with so many shrimp that they pollute nearby water sources, are infected with disease and parasites—and are treated with a toxic fleet of antibiotics, disinfectants, pesticides, and herbicides.
In April the FDA declared that one third of shrimp imports from Malaysia contained substances such as chloramphenicol (a last-resort typhoid-fever and meningitis drug) and/or nitrofurans (an antibiotic the FDA considers carcinogenic). Wonderful! you might say. The FDA is ferreting out tainted shrimp. I would advise tempering your excitement.
I telephoned the FDA, where I had a lengthy conversation with a spokeswoman most comfortable speaking off the record. She directed me to an FDA employment report where I was able to see that the agency does not have nearly enough employees to screen more than a fraction of imports. She also explained that the FDA uses an algorithm to determine which imported shrimp to inspect, and, in the end, inspects only about 2 percent of imported seafood. It is, basically, a producer’s responsibility to ensure that U.S. standards are upheld. We import shrimp based on the honor system.
The imported farmed shrimp I’ve had at anonymous Italian restaurants, in risotto with shrimp and peas, etc., have tasted like . . . nothing, like iodine, or like gasoline. Those are surely not the flavors Athenaeus had in mind when he wrote, circa 300 a.d.: “But of all fish the daintiest / Is a young shrimp in fig leaves.” Or that we used to look for decades ago in our shrimp cocktails. We used to eat wild shrimp—where was that shrimp now?
I flew to McIntosh County in coastal Georgia, determined to talk my way onto a shrimp boat. It seemed, however, a prudent first step to throw a local-shrimp dinner party. If the shrimp weren’t as Athenaean as I’d been told, I could spare myself a day amid what Shakespeare called “a very ancient and fishlike smell.”
So I called chef Whitney Otawka and her husband, Ben Wheatley, who run the kitchen of Cumberland Island’s Greyfield Inn, the former Carnegie-family retreat best known as the site of JFK Jr.’s marriage to Carolyn Bessette. We agreed to meet the following day at a nearby restored sorghum farm, Canewater, where my fête de shrimp was to be hosted.
The next morning, to get into the mood, I made a pilgrimage to a local hardware store, passing a billboard reading “God bless our shrimpers,” where I bought white shrimping boots—without which I decided I would look out of place on a shrimp boat—and local nautical maps. I had already secured ten pounds of fresh white shrimp from Mitchell Smith’s Valona Shrimp Company, but I bought another three pounds, which I’d found prettily arrayed in deep chest freezers in the hardware store’s back room, shrimp being one of the few sea things that freeze well.
In an airy kitchen I assessed my shrimp. Each was the size of a very large thumb, and startlingly beautiful. Their tails were edged with dark pink and storm shadows of iridescent yellow and green, and faint pretty speckling covered their rose-gray shells. I peeled—I have seen peeled shrimp for sale in stores; these are a travesty and should be ignored—and poached five pounds in an herbal court bouillon, and felt the whole time that I was dealing with a delicacy. I pickled half and served the other half with an intriguing cocktail sauce from Julia Turshen’s forthcoming book, Small Victories (ketchup, mayonnaise, bottled horseradish, Old Bay Seasoning, and red-wine vinegar in a combination that sounds nauseous and turns out alchemical). Whitney filled two cast-iron pans with butter, chiles, lime, shrimp, and a few spoonfuls of grilled tomato, then drizzled them with mezcal.
I tasted our dishes as the sun set over the wide gray marsh. The shrimp—not the vinegary pickle or piquant sauce, nor the mezcal—were what I noticed: sweet and clean, delicately perfumed with mellow grassiness and all the mineral flavors of flowing tides and spartina grass.
I badly wanted to fish for shrimp like these to learn what I could about why they were so good, and to confront a rather more serious concern: Some environmentalists condemn the process—trawling—by which the shrimp are caught. At issue is the health of the ocean floor once a net has been dragged over it, and what is known as bycatch—other species snared in the net. Getting a shrimper to accept a passenger would take some arranging, so I spent a day on the Cumberland Island beach studying the life cycle of a shrimp; relevant vocabulary (shrimping shipmates are “strikers”; a boat’s rabbit ears are “outriggers”); and a pithy aphorism I imagined could come in handy if we stalled for conversation: “All’s fish that comes to the net,” for which I already envisioned several useful circumstances.
I dutifully rose at three in the morning to meet the Miss Paisley, captained by David Poppell, a fisherman of few words, and staffed (striked? stricken?) by Shawn Hewitt, an ageless, handsome man, and Lamar McIntosh, a gentle creature from another era, whose Scottish forefathers founded the county. Approaching 5.4 knots, we headed into Doboy Sound, toward federal waters three miles from any estuary or tidal marsh—keeping the estuaries free of commercial fishing for half the year is one of the regulatory measures protecting the South Atlantic shrimp fishery. The sky was black and starry, the deck of the boat pearl white, with grease-black cables and winches nestled with machine intensity near the cabin. The outriggers dropped. The sun rose.