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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #8 ARCHIVED

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina
CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

In This Issue:

Stormwater DrainStormwater Ordinance Adopted
Jasper County was the recipient of a $5,000 award from the Consortium's Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative to support the county's stormwater management program. The grant, which required an equal amount in match funding, enabled the county to develop a best management practices design manual and adopt a stormwater ordinance to reduce impacts of future development. The manual and ordinance will ensure that stormwater quality and quantity are maintained at pre-development levels. Currently, Jasper County is predominantly rural, but has experienced a 20% population increase from 2000-2010. Municipal staff recognized the need for sustainable growth and the importance of implementing a stormwater management program to address issues associated with development. For more information about the Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative, contact the Consortium's Coastal Communities Extension Specialist April Turner at (843) 953-2073 or To view other projects supported under the initiative, visit the Coastal Communities webpage.

Fishing PlacesDocumenting "Sense of Place"
With support provided through the Consortium's core Sea Grant program, Annette Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor of human-environment geography at the College of Charleston, and her colleagues are conducting a social science project titled "Coastal Livelihoods and the Sense of Place." This study is focused on three different populations--commercial, subsistence, and recreational fisherman--in rural McClellanville, suburbanizing Awendaw, and urbanizing Mount Pleasant, S.C. Using innovative interviewing techniques and quantitative analysis, Watson and her colleagues aim to help long-time residents and newcomers identify special fishing places that they wish to protect and find commonalities among the sectors for land-use planning purposes. More information can be found by visiting the Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy section of the Consortium's website.

Julie DavisExtension Specialist Hired                
The Consortium is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Davis as our Living Marine Resources Extension Specialist. Davis, who is based in Beaufort, S.C., will have coast-wide responsibility for addressing the science-based needs of the state's fishing and aquaculture sectors. The Consortium created this position by integrating two previous full-time positions in fisheries and aquaculture. Davis is completing an M.S. in fisheries and aquaculture from Auburn University. In her new, expanded role, Davis will focus on issues related to fisheries policy and management; seafood business planning and marketing; working waterfronts revitalization; fisheries ecology; sustainable aquaculture development; and fisheries and aquaculture gear and technology development. Davis previously worked on a National Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension project, where she helped develop off-bottom oyster farming in the north central Gulf of Mexico. More information about Davis' programs can be obtained by contacting her at (843) 255-6060 ext. 112 or

Coastal HeritageCoastal Heritage Wins Awards
Coastal Heritage, a free quarterly publication of the Consortium, recently won three prestigious awards. The Society for Technical Communication-Carolina Chapter gave Coastal Heritage a Distinguished Award in the magazines category; this entry now moves on to be judged at the International competition in May. Coastal Heritage was selected for a Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators in the Writer's Portfolio category; First Place, Second Place, and Awards of Excellence will be announced at the awards banquet in mid-April, and First Place winners are eligible for the Best of Show Award. Another national competition sponsored by APEX gave Coastal Heritage an Award of Excellence in the magazines and journals category. Current and back issues of Coastal Heritage are available on the Products section of the Consortium's website.

Upcoming Event: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Semi-Annual Meeting, April 17-19, 2013, Charleston, S.C.

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Did You Know?
The Consortium's Return on Investment to the State of South Carolina was 1,278% in 2010-2011.

Last updated: 6/27/2013 11:03:58 AM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #8 ARCHIVED


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