Title: Developing Methodologies for Understanding Carrying Capacity as it Relates to the Introduction of Stocked Red Drum in Four South Carolina Estuaries
Principal Investigator: Michael Denson (SC Department of Natural Resources)
Project number: R/SE-4
As urbanization of coastal areas continues, habitat restoration may never satisfactorily occur or support populations of fish in developed estuaries at a sustainable level. Stock enhancement may be one pragmatic approach for addressing increased fishing pressure and declining stocks. The objective of this project in the final two years of an eight-year Sea Grant-funded study, is to complete research on red drum restocking efforts in South Carolina by (1) documenting the impacts of stocking red drum on a local recreational fishery and (2) quantifying the effects that may occur to the wild population in the stocked estuary. Further, the PIs will monitor fish growth and movement and population size in 2 large (10,000 ha water) and 2 small (<500 ha surface water).
Title: Characterization of Southern Flounder Spawning, Spawning Locations and Larval Dispersal off South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Marcel Reichert (SC Department of Natural Resources)
Project number: R/CF-13
The principal investigator and colleagues will investigate the possible location and nature of spawning grounds for southern flounder (and possibly Gulf and summer flounder) by surveying waters off South Carolina for spawning individuals or aggregations during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 spawning season, describe spawning habitat and investigate spawning periodicity, reproductive behavior, and other reproductive parameters, and investigate transport of flounder eggs and early larvae. The proposed study will primarily address the following questions: Does flounder spawn off South Carolina? If so, where are the spawning grounds and to which nursery areas the resulting larvae most likely recruit? With this knowledge we may be able to start addressing further life history and fisheries related questions such as: Do South Carolina fishermen predominantly catch offspring from flounder spawning off South Carolina or are they catching flounder originating from other states? If the later is the case, where are the spawning areas of the flounder that recruit to SC fisheries and what are the consequences for fisheries management of the species? The main objectives are to (1) investigate southern flounder spawning off South Carolina and identify and characterize flounder spawning areas and (2) investigate and characterize some related life history aspects such as spawning behavior, spawning periodicity, and larval transport. Achieving these objectives will lead to a better understanding of flounder recruitment, the effect of fishing during the spawning period, and possibly identify Essential Fish Habitats for southern flounders in coastal waters off South Carolina.
Title: Building Sustainable Community-Based Economic Development and Management Linkages between Traditional Coastal-Dependent Businesses and South Carolina’s Recreation and Tourism Industry
Principal Investigator: William Norman (Clemson University)
Project number: R/CT-1
The continued presence of traditional water-dependent businesses in coastal communities ultimately depends on economic sustainability which is impacted by availability of natural resources (e.g., fish, sweetgrass), consumer demand, marketing capacity, infrastructure costs, and coastal real estate value. This proposed project will evaluate and enhance the sustainability of traditional coastal-dependent businesses by informing stakeholders about results of supply and tourist demand analysis and potential business linkages and through regionally based small-business training. The objectives will be to (1) identify and characterize the supply of traditional coastal-dependent businesses on the South Carolina coast, and evaluate economic sustainability or decline, (2) identify and evaluate linkages between traditional coastal-dependent businesses and tourism-recreation industries in the Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Beaufort-Hilton Head regions, (3) analyze tourist demand for traditional coastal-dependent businesses on the South Carolina coast, and (4) design and deliver a research-based small business training module to enhance traditional coastal dependent business sustainability.
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