Sammy Cho, owner of Koson Enterprises, arrived in Charleston seven years ago, after a long career in the fishing industry.

As a young man, he graduated from fishing college in Korea and became an officer on a fishing vessel in the North Pacific Ocean. He became captain of a fishing vessel in northern Africa, then in Suriname, near Brazil in South America.

Cho later returned to Korea and attended a school for fish processors. He managed a fish-processing plant in Mexico for 15 years, where he learned to speak fluent Spanish.

Then the hagfish populations in Korean waters dropped dramatically, so Cho searched for other slime eels.

His business employs a handful of workers.

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