The story of the Burbank family net making business is a rare and wonderful success story that was an essential part of the life and work of all shrimpers on Amelia Island. Today, there are only a handful of Fernandina shrimp boat captains still making a living from the sea.
Bill Burbank, Sr., started the Burbank’s on the road to being the masters of net-makers in 1915. He was a shrimper/fisherman that owned a shrimp boat and started making his own nets. His nets fished so well that “Capt. Bill” became well sought after for his craft.
Bill Burbank, Jr., acquired his father’s net business and incorporated the company into Burbank Trawl Makers, Inc., in 1957. Billy Burbank III purchased the company in the early 90’s which he still owns and operates today.