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S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Briefing materials for U.S. Congressional Members and Staff |  February, 2022

Aerial View of Tidal Creeks.

About the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

The Consortium is a university-based program that generates and provides science-based information on issues and opportunities to improve the social and economic well-being of coastal residents while ensuring the optimal use and conservation of marine and coastal natural resources.

Read an Overview of the Consortium

Our Program Focus Areas

Egret in salt marsh.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Myrtle Beach development.

Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy

Folly Beach lightning.

Weather and Climate Resilience

School of fish.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Marine biologist.

Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development

Planning for Resiliency

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has significantly contributed to resiliency efforts in South Carolina.


Edisto Beach Vulnerability Assessment


Determining Flow Patterns – Water Level Sensors


Technical Assistance to Beaufort County Sea Level Rise Taskforce


Kiawah Groundwater Study


Support for South Carolina Office of Resilience

Sea Grant’s Resilient Coasts Initiative

The Sea Grant Association’s concept paper on resilience to weather and climate hazards in coastal communities.

Flooded Charleston street.

Assessing South Carolina’s Ocean Economy

This report provides an overview of South Carolina’s ocean economy based on available data.

The report expands upon information provided by NOAA to examine other market and non-market economic benefits derived from coastal and ocean resources; identifies ocean economy sectors for potential future growth; and discusses how natural resource health provides a foundation for economic activities along South Carolina’s coast.

Crane loading containers on a ship.
Oyster hatchery tubs.

Sustainable Seafood and Aquaculture

Seafood is an integral part of the traditions and cultures of coastal South Carolina, and a demand for local seafood makes it a significant part of the economy. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium continues to be a key source of support for seafood-related industries and initiatives.

The Economic Benefits of South Carolina’s Beaches and Barrier Islands

South Carolina’s beaches and barrier islands provide its residents and visitors with jobs, recreational opportunities, coastal protection, critical habitat for bird and turtle species, and aesthetic beauty, among other environmental goods and services. This assessment details the economic benefits of the various ecosystem services provided by the beach and barrier island habitat.

Beach grass at sunrise with waves in the background.

Impacts and Accomplishments

The official report of the 73+ impacts and accomplishments of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in our core focus areas for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Sea Grant Association Documents

A tidal creek and marsh at sunset.

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