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Conferences and Meetings

Working Waterfronts Public Forums

The future of traditional working waterfronts in five South Carolina coastal communities will be discussed in a series of public forums coordinated by researchers from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Clemson University, and College of Charleston. Working waterfronts in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown, McClellanville, Mount Pleasant, and Port Royal face a variety of stresses, including population growth, sea-level rise, and economic concerns. Each of those communities strikes its particular balance of fisheries, shipping, recreation, and residential use of its waterfront, and the importance of each use has changed through the years. Research results will be presented at the public meetings, which are designed to facilitate discussion and help prioritize issues.
The meetings are scheduled:

  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m., Waccamaw Council of Governments, 1230 Highmarket St., Georgetown

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m., McClellanville Town Hall, 405 Pinckney St., McClellanville

  • Monday, Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m., Clemson Extension Office, 102 Industrial Village Rd., Beaufort

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant

Coastal Geotools
North Charleston, South Carolina
February 6-9, 2017

This conference brings together watershed scientists, stakeholders, and managers to share scientific advances and management strategies to sustain the country’s water resources. The agenda focuses on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals. Visit for more information.

Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Honolulu, Hawaii
February 26-March 3, 2017

Ocean scientists, engineers, educators, students, and policy makers come together to address marine-science issues. Sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the 2017 meeting will embrace the host state’s cultural perspective linking land, water, and peoples. Visit for more information.

ASBPA Coastal Summit
Washington, D.C.
February 29-March 2, 2017

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association brings together local, state and federal policy makers, coastal scientists, and engineers to learn about science-based methods for preserving coastal areas. Topics covered include the best ways to prepare for meetings with legislative staffers and federal agency staff.  For more information, visit

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 4-5, 2017

Natural disasters tested the resilience of many North Carolina communities in 2016. The conference covers the impacts and lessons learned in terms of fisheries, climate changes, community health, planning, economics, and ecosystem health. Visit for more information.

Benthic Ecology Meeting Society
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
April 12-16, 2017

This joint meeting of BEMS and the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society brings together researchers to talk about the best theories and practices to ensure sustainable oceans. Featured speaker Jon Grant will discuss ecosystem-based management of aquaculture. For more information, visit

National Hurricane Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 17-20, 2017

Hundreds of researchers, planners, and public safety officials gather to discuss hurricane-related topics, including communicating risk to the public before a storm, creating evacuation plans, monitoring debris removal after storms, and improving meteorological forecasts. Visit for more information.

National Adaptation Forum
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 9-11, 2017

The forum focuses on issues involved in adapting to climate change. Session will deal with established and emerging concerns as policy makers begin to pay more heed to the need for adaptation strategies. For more information, visit

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