On September 11, 2020, the shrimp industry lost a Lowcountry icon and a friend to many. Captain Wayne Magwood contributed much to the U.S. shrimp industry through his passion for showcasing the shrimper’s way of life. He welcomed people on his boat, Winds of Fortune, to teach how America’s favorite seafood is produced.
Magwood introduced the shrimp industry to school students visiting the docks, to countless young men that he mentored into the industry, to the Charleston area through establishing a Blessing of the Fleet tradition, and to the nation through shows and countless news interviews. He was featured in Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, and Amazing Race.
“He was a bank of knowledge. And, he was always willing to give his time to anyone who needed it. You could always depend on him to be generous,” said Frank Blum, former executive director of the South Carolina Seafood Alliance.
In 2011, the Governor of South Carolina bestowed the Order of the Palmetto Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, to Magwood in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to the state. Magwood served on the board and as past-president of the South Carolina Shrimpers Association, was a lifetime member of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, participated in the Good Catch sustainable seafood program and supplied shrimp to the South Carolina Aquarium, and was instrumental in organizing events to raise funds for local shrimpers in need.
Yet, Magwood’s most enduring contribution to the shrimp industry was through the support he provided to fellow shrimpers, both new and established. Through mentorships and generosity of his time and knowledge, he helped many young men get their start in the industry.
“He embodied the best of the industry. A truly good man,” said Cindy Tarvin, owner of Tarvin seafood. Her son, Vasa, was introduced to shrimping through Magwood, leading to a new family business. “Until his last breath, he was mentoring and teaching others about the shrimp industry.”
Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Magwood family and all those who had been helped by Wayne.
Tributes can be made to: http://jhenrystuhr.tributes.com/obituary/show/Edwin-Wayne-Magwood-108495547