South Carolina ETV


South Carolina Striped Bass has Fishy History

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2012

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Few states can claim they created their own fish, but that’s the fish tale when Landlocked: How South Carolina Made Fishing History makes its television debut on South Carolina ETV Thursday, December 27 at 9:00 p.m. 

The story starts in 1933, when 93% of rural South Carolinians lived without electricity.  Federal funds were used construct 40 miles of dams and dikes in the largest land clearing project in U.S. history at the time.

The completed dams trapped thousands of ocean striped bass, which were not expected to flourish in their new environment.  But nature had another plan; the fish adapted to fresh water and became a lucrative tourist attraction. 

“Fishing for stripers generates millions of dollars in revenue for the state each year.  It’s one of America’s greatest fighting fish and it all started 70 years ago, right here in South Carolina,” said executive producer Rich King.   

The striped bass was designated the official South Carolina state fish in 1972, with the record largest catch being a 63-pound striper from Lake Russell caught in 2009.  The striped bass has caught on, becoming one of America’s most popular game fish that can now be found in freshwater in 36 other states.

An Encore broadcast of Landlocked: How South Carolina Made Fishing History is scheduled for New Year’s Eve at 8:00 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel.

Southern Lens is a showcase for independent film from and about the South, culled from film festivals and presented by South Carolina ETV.  By turns warm, humorous, compelling, and heart-breaking, each film presents a place and time in Southern culture as seen through the eyes of one filmmaker.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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