Gollott Family Celebrates 75 Years In The Seafood Business

D'IBERVILLE (WLOX) -- In a few weeks, the 2008 shrimp season will open. Soon boats and factories will kick into high gear sending Gulf Coast shrimp around America.

The seafood industry and the coast have changed over the years, but one constant is the fact that the industry is run by families. The Gollotts of D'Iberville are celebrating 75 years in the seafood industry.

For years, seafood plants and factories thrived on front beach in Biloxi. Today, the casino industry is the engine that drives the city's economy. It's pretty much the same thing on Biloxi's Back Bay.

Some processors have folded because of rising costs and a flood of imported products. Others are seeking greener pastures by selling valuable waterfront property to developers.

Across the bay in D'Iberville, the Gollott family is bucking this trend.

"It's in our genes and in our blood to keep this operation going," Brian Gollott said.

Gollott Seafood has been embedded in the seafood industry for three quarters of a century. It all began with C.F. Gollott in 1932. The Gollotts have survived the industry's ups and downs and have emerged from the ruin of storms like Camille and Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina knocked down Gollott Seafood, but couldn't knock them out.

"It didn't take us long to shake that off, find a contractor, get in here and rebuild," Gollott said.

The Gollott family will host an anniversary celebration Saturday afternoon at 4pm inside the D'Iberville Civic Center.