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Marine Fisheries

What are Marine Fisheries?

Marine fisheries refers to the industry or occupation of catching and processing wild fish and shellfish. That can include commercial fishing operations, and recreational fishing such as for-hire fishing boats. Marine fisheries have continued importance in coastal South Carolina as vital businesses and popular outdoor recreation opportunities.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium aids the marine fishery industry by examining issues like sustainability, stock status and health, habitat needs, fishing safety, and the socioeconomic concerns of commercial fishers.

Community Engagement

Working Waterfronts Community Forums

After hearing from coastal communities that they were struggling to maintain and/or evolve their traditional working waterfronts, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and partners gathered information that helped identify needs, challenges, and opportunities. The results of this research were presented at Community Forums designed to facilitate discussion and help prioritize issues.

Research Reports

Research Needs for the Sustainable Management of Crustacean Resources in the South Atlantic Bight (2014)

This report from an April 2014 S.C. Department of Natural Resources two-day workshop, co-sponsored by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, details specific research needs for shrimp, blue crab, horseshoe crab, and stone crab species.

The report discusses the effects of disease, habitat condition and loss, climate change, stock assessment, and fishery practices for each, and identifies research priorities.

A Coherent Approach to Busycon/Busycotypus Fishery Management Along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard (2014)

This report compiles whelk reproduction, growth, and fisheries studies from Massachusetts, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia to lay the groundwork for a more consistent approach to managing the fishery throughout the U.S. Atlantic coast. The studies were presented at the 16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration, which was organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in 2014 in Charleston, S.C. A full transcript of the panel discussion at the conference is included.

Marine Fisheries Articles