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Consortium Marks 40th Anniversary in 2020

Jan 24, 2020 | News

​This year marks the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s 40th anniversary as a state agency, and celebrations are in the works.

The National Sea Grant College Program Act was passed in 1966, encouraging states to initiate and support education and research related to maritime resources. The effort took root in South Carolina in 1972, when the Sea Grant program began within the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department (SCWMRD). In 1978, the state passed legislation creating the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, which drew together resources from a consortium of six state universities and SCWMRD. State funding for the agency was approved in the next budget cycle for the 1980 fiscal year.

SCWMRD later became S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and Coastal Carolina University in 1996 was added to the original Consortium institutions – The Citadel, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, and University of South Carolina.

The upcoming winter 2020 issue of Coastal Heritage will examine some of the ways the Consortium has anticipated, researched, and shared information on the many changes that have occurred throughout the coastal region of the state and southeastern U.S. over the past four decades. The Consortium also plans to mark the anniversary year with a symposium highlighting its research and outreach efforts. Visit the Consortium’s website to learn more about our work.