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Coastal Science at Work Issue 28

News Stories: Team Assists Town of Edisto Beach with Resilience Planning, Aquaculture Toolkit Now Available, Tide Gauges Capture Local Data for Coastal Communities, Educator Science Café Series is a Wrap.

Coastal Science at Work Issue 27

News Stories: Registration Open for Research Symposium on May 11-12, Funding Awarded for Biennial Projects, New Report Documents Shellfish Mariculture Return-on-Investment.

Shellfish Mariculture Finance Resources

This guide contained resources related to the financial basics of starting a cage shellfish mariculture business operation, including options for loans and start-up capital, existing options for crop and equipment insurance, cage bonds, and existing producer associations.

2022Resource List, , aquaculture-mariculture oysters shellfish
Shellfish Mariculture Seed Purchase Process

This resource outlines considerations for purchasing shellfish seed for mariculture operations in South Carolina with a focus on two economically and ecologically valuable bivalves, oysters, and clams. It also identifies requirements for out-of-state purchases and offers guidance for seed purchase and factors to take into account when preparing to stock an operation.

2022Resource List, , aquaculture-mariculture oysters shellfish
South Carolina Aquaculture Permitting Guide

This guide provides the prospective aquaculturist with an overview of information sources and government agencies associated with aquaculture permitting.

2021Guidebook, , aquaculture-mariculture oysters shellfish
Town of Edisto Beach Flooding and Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (SCSGC), Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA), and College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Hazards Center (LCHC) assessed Edisto Beach’s vulnerability to flooding and sea level rise using a variety of methods.

2021Report, climate-change sea-level-rise
Documenting the Potential Benefits of Increased Shellfish Mariculture Production in South Carolina

A report detailing hypothetical investment scenarios for shellfish hatchery development. The report includes an estimate on the current unmet demand for South Carolina produced mariculture oysters, as well as an economic impact model.

2022Report, , aquaculture-mariculture economics oysters
Coastal Science at Work Issue 26

News Stories: Environmental Educators Nearing Certification, Groundwater Monitoring on Kiawah Island, Upcoming Research Symposium, New Consortium Member Francis Marion University, Consortium Board of Directors Elect Chair and Vice Chair.

Coastal Science at Work Issue 25

News Stories: S.C. Resilience Planning Efforts Documented, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Stormwater BMPs Developed, Over 3M Seeds Collected for Salt Marsh Restoration.

Coastal Science at Work Issue 24

News Stories: Recycled Shrimp Nets to Reduce Litter, From Spent Brewery Grains to Sustainable Fish Food, Jump-Starting Careers for Students, Students Discover Underwater Creatures with Bioracks

Coastal Science at Work Issue 23

News Stories: Finegan Joins the Consortium, Scientists Develop Novel Fish Aging Technique, “Food from the Sea” Grants Support Career Development and Training, Volunteers Sprout New Marsh Habitat

Nature’s Water Filter: Oyster Lesson Plan

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials for activities to demonstrate and learn about how oysters filter water. It includes background educational material.

2021Lesson Plan, , education oysters shellfish
All Hands on Deck: Addressing Coastal Challenges of the Next 30 Years

Over the next 30 years, a multitude of changes — including rising sea level, more frequent rain bursts, and an anticipated population influx — will alter South Carolina’s coastal landscape. How will communities adapt to the challenges presented?

2021Quarterly Magazine, , , climate-change coastal-ecology flooding sea-level-rise
Coastal Science at Work – Issue 22

News Stories: Brita Jessen Joins the Consortium, Eleanor Pierel Chosen for Knauss Fellowship, Oyster Growers Receive Floating Cage Tags, Consortium Revitalizes S.C. Clean Marina Program, New Economic Report Examines Coastal Ecosystem Services.

Coastal Science at Work – Issue 21

News Stories: S.C. State University President Clark Re-Elected as Board Chair, Nearly $1.5 Million Awarded for Red Snapper Count, Consortium Assists Town of McClellanville with Preserving Working Waterfront, New Grant to Assess Direct Marketing of Seafood, S.C. Educators Receive Environmental Education Certification, Report Wins Notable State Document Award.

The Economic Benefits of Beaches and Barrier Islands

This report examines the ecosystem services provided by South Carolina’s beach and barrier island systems from an economic perspective. The report synthesizes data from a variety of sources in order to place an estimated value on the services, in order to better inform their wise use and conservation.

2021Report, , barrier-islands coastal-ecosystems economics
The Economic Contribution of Oyster Mariculture in South Carolina

An overview of the economic contribution of South Carolina’s oyster-growing industry, which has grown as demand for locally-grown and sustainably-produced oysters increases.

2021Fact Sheet, , , , aquaculture-mariculture economics fisheries oysters shellfish
1980-2020: S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Marks Four Decades of Change

For 40 years, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s researchers, educators, and outreach staff has worked to enhance understanding of the unique heritage and natural resources of coastal South Carolina.

2020Quarterly Magazineagency-news
Coastal Science at Work – Issue 20

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Tackles Resilience: As extreme tides and rainfall have increased in recent years, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has focused significant effort on research and outreach programs seeking to improve the coast’s—and the state’s—flood resilience.

2020Newsletter, , , , agency-news climate-change flooding resilience sea-level-rise
Oyster Mariculture Fact Sheet

This fact sheet shows the involvement of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in jump-starting the oyster farming industry in South Carolina, the state of the industry, and current projects to improve oyster growing resources in the state.

2021Fact Sheet, , , , aquaculture-mariculture economics fisheries oysters shellfish
Assessing South Carolina’s Ocean Economy

This report details the trends in economic activity related to South Carolina’s ocean economy.

Coastal Science at Work – Issue 19

News stories: S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Receives High Marks by National Sea Grant Review Panel, South Carolina State University President Clark Elected Consortium Board Chair, Stormwater Ponds State-of-Knowledge Report Available, Consortium Marks 40th Anniversary in 2020.

2020Newsletter, agency-news stormwater-ponds
Flood Vulnerability Assessment: City of Beaufort, South Carolina

A report by a team from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments on the history and science of rising sea levels and potential flood mitigation strategies was prepared for the City of Beaufort and presented at a public meeting in January, 2020.

2019Report, , , , climate-change community-planning flooding resilience sea-level-rise
Ocean Science Journal for Grades 9-12

This journal provides ten writing prompts and engagement activities based on the seven Ocean Literacy Essential Principles for use by educators and parents with their students and children.

2020Curriculum, education ocean-science
Ocean Science Journal for Grades 6-8

This journal provides ten writing prompts and engagement activities based on the seven Ocean Literacy Essential Principles for use by educators and parents with their students and children.

2020Curriculum, education ocean-science
Ocean Science Journal for Grades K-5

This journal provides ten writing prompts and engagement activities based on the seven Ocean Literacy Essential Principles for use by educators and parents with their students and children.

2020Curriculum, education ocean-science
Weather Collection Data Sheet

This data collection sheet is to be used to collect weather data using a homemade anemometer.

2020Lesson Planeducation
A Race to the Bottom

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials for activities to learn that phytoplankton are autotrophic and carry out the process of photosynthesis, and understand the importance of body form and function in keeping phytoplankton floating in the upper levels of the water column.

2020Lesson Plan, education ocean-science
Globe Toss

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials to let students determine whether Earth is covered mostly by water or land. Discussion includes reasons why the ocean is important to humans and other animals and plants, and ways in which humans positively and negatively impact the ocean environment.

2020Lesson Plan, education ocean-science
Experimenting with Density

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials to demonstrate the properties of different liquids, find out whether freshwater or saltwater is more dense, and discover how the density of water impacts Earth’s ecosystems.

2020Lesson Plan, education ocean-science
Capturing the Creek Cultural Connection

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials to explore how local creeks connect to a larger watershed system and communicates the historical and cultural importance of the creeks and watershed systems in the area.

2020Lesson Planeducation
Causes and Effects of Our Rising Seas

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials to teach about sea-level rise. Discuss the main differences between sea ice and glacial ice, how melting sea ice and/or glacial ice impacts currents and sea level, and how thermohaline circulation affects climate.

2020Lesson Plan, , education ocean-science sea-level-rise
Carbon the World Traveler

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials to teach the carbon cycle in the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Activities demonstrate how natural processes release and absorb carbon, and ways in which carbon influences and impacts climate.

2020Lesson Plan, education ocean-science
Clay Ball Challenge

This educator lesson plan uses simple materials for fun STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) challenges designed to teach about the properties of buoyancy and density. Includes a separate activity to be done with parents.

2020Lesson Plan, education ocean-science
South Carolina’s Ocean Economy Infographic

This infographic shows statistics about South Carolina’s ocean economy.

Island Science: Special Ecosystems Lure Researchers

South Carolina’s wealth of undeveloped barrier islands and sand banks are hotbeds for research because natural processes occur on those landforms with minimal human intervention.

2019Quarterly Magazine, , , , alternative-energy barrier-islands coastal-ecology invasive-species technology
Citizen Science: Encouraging Public Engagement

Researchers increasingly are turning to volunteers who are willing to scour beaches for sea turtle tracks or check a backyard rain gauge daily, and the data gathered in these basic chores is helping propel science forward.

2019Quarterly Magazine, , , archaeology citizen-science education volunteers
Coastal Museums: Showcasing Homegrown History

The rich culture of coastal South Carolina has come to life in a wave of history museums opened in the past few decades. Read about eleven coastal museums and their contributions to both tourism and local communities.

2019Quarterly Magazine, , education museums tourism
Designing for Water: Strategies to Mitigate Flood Impacts

As sea level rises and more intense rains fall, engineering streets, buildings, and natural areas to better handle high-water levels becomes crucial. Read about current projects and efforts to prevent and minimize flooding in coastal South Carolina.

2019Quarterly Magazine, , , , , , architecture climate-change engineering flooding living-shorelines low-impact-development sea-level-rise
Reducing Wind Damage Vulnerability When You Re-Roof

Many houses contain a weak link in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or trusses. This makes the roof vulnerable to wind damage, but re-roofing can help. Also available as a printed brochure for distribution.

2001Brochure, , engineering hurricanes resilience
Protecting Windows and Doors from Wind Damage

Catastrophic building failure can result from the loss of a simple window or door during a storm. Learn how to protect openings in your home from wind damage. Also available as a printed brochure for distribution.

2001Brochure, , engineering hurricanes resilience
Susceptibility of Public Health Impacts from Flooded Water, Wastewater and Public Health Infrastructure

A method and guidance for assessing the resilience of public water and wastewater systems to flooding as well as the access to health care facilities to improve the health outcomes of communities when faced with tropical storms, increased tidal flooding, and extreme rain events.

2019Book, , , community-planning flooding public-health resilience
Stormwater Ponds in Coastal South Carolina: State of Knowledge Report

This comprehensive report contains up-to-date scientific findings on stormwater ponds, their effectiveness as a control measure, pollutant levels, public perception, and best management practices.

2020Book, , , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology community-planning education pollution stormwater-ponds
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2011

This newsletter includes: The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium received high marks from a national review team. SECOORA spun off the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium as an independent non-profit for ocean observation. A climate adaptation initiative lead to the creation of flood and sea-level rise maps for Charleston, S.C. Researchers looked into the causes of hypoxic events in Long Bay off the coast of Myrtle Beach. Researchers studied the survival rates of horseshoe crabs after bleeding for medical purposes. A brochure on low impact development was released, as well as a web portal showing South Carolina LID projects.

2011Newsletter, , , fisheries flooding low-impact-development sea-level-rise
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2009

This newsletter includes: Governors in the Southeast states formed a regional coalition to better manage and protect ocean and coastal resources, ensure regional economic sustainability, and respond to disasters such as hurricanes. A citizen’s guide to community planning in South Carolina was published. Scientists studied hypoxic events off Myrtle Beach. New resources for fisheries were developed.

2009Newsletter, , community-planning fisheries water-quality
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2008

A website was developed to provide resources to coastal decision-makers, community planners, and local officials. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium researchers helped improve Georgia stormwater policies. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium-backed research lead to development of an improved nail design for preventing wind and earthquake damage. S.C. Sea Grant-back erosion research was featured on national television. Shrimpers in South Carolina learned about using biodiesel as a sustainable fuel source.

2008Newsletter, , , , coastal-planning engineering fisheries hurricanes stormwater
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Fall 2007

This newsletter includes: A beach erosion monitoring program assisted with efforts to secure emergency funding for storm damage repair. An effort to map the ocean bottom assisted in identifying essential fish habitat. An observation system improved floor detection and warning capabilities. A red drum stocking program helped curb declines in the population. A conservation plan was developed for Jasper County to prepare for growth. A campaign to improve awareness of the dangers of rip currents was launched.

2007Newsletter, , , coastal-development coastal-planning fisheries flooding
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2006

This newsletter includes: S.C. Sea Grant Consortium noted its 25th anniversary, honoring Hollings. Scientists developed a computer model to help manage the blue crab fishery in South Carolina. A statewide cleanup effort removed nearly 60 tons of trash from South Carolina waterways.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2003

This newsletter includes: An estimated 6,000 volunteers removed trash from South Carolina waterways. Researchers deployed mobile wind towers along the projected path of Hurricane Isabel in advance of the storm. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium was awarded new funding for core programs.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2004

This newsletter includes: Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen was elected as chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium hired new staff. A school curriculum was developed as an educational companion to Coastal Heritage Magazine.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2002

This newsletter includes: Volunteers cleaned nearly 15 tons of trash from local waterways. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium extension specialists organized a workshop on harmful algal blooms. The executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium was named to the Executive Committee of the Board of Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2002

This newsletter includes: The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium received a funding award for its core program areas and hired new staff members. The NEMO program, which educates municipalities about natural resource protection, expanded into the upstate area. The executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium testified before the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy at its regional meeting in Charleston, S.C. Discussion of a proposal to move the Sea Grant program to the National Science Foundation.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2001

This newsletter includes: The S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors elected Dr. Ronald R. Ingle as chair. Clemson University engineers ripped apart 15 flood-damaged houses to test hurricane-resistant retrofits. With the guidance of the NEMO program, the City of Conway adopted a new zoning ordinance for water quality controls. An explanation of how land-use decisions shape the coastal landscape.

2001Newsletter, , coastal-development hurricanes low-impact-development
Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2001

This newsletter includes: Coastal Heritage Magazine won an award as a Notable State Document, and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium hired new staff members. Scientists began field research to examine how various land uses and land-use changes affect the condition of marine resources. Volunteers sponsored by local organizations created plywood window coverings for senior residents on local barrier islands. The S.C. Sea Grant coastal environmental quality specialist spoke before the Pew Oceans Commission.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Winter 2000

This publication includes: The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium developed a new website, and hired new staff members. Beach Sweep/River Sweep received support from the mayors of several local cities. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium received a grant to support minority students in marine science. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium marked its 20 year anniversary.

Inside Sea Grant Newsletter – Summer 2000

This newsletter includes: Dr. Leroy Davis was elected as S.C. Sea Grant board chair. Oyster shell research lead to a new fertilizer enhancer. The Center for Sustainable Living was featured on national television. A new red tide was discovered.

2000Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms oysters
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Spring 2005

The Southeast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (SEPMN) grew from a program with volunteers sampling in coastal South Carolina to expanding its coverage along the Georgia and North Carolina coasts.

2005Newsletter, citizen-science harmful-algal-blooms
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Winter 2005

The CDC funded a multi-faceted approach to harmful algal blooms (HABs) in South Carolina, including a system to identify people with a high risk of exposure to potentially harmful algae, real-time remote monitoring, and outreach programs.

2005Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms health
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Spring 2004

In 2003, a massive bloom of Heterosigma akashiwo created a red tide phenomenon that extended from inside Bulls Bay to about five miles offshore. About 10,000 dead fish were discovered, but it was not clear whether the deaths were caused by toxicity from the algae, exposure to low salinity waters, or gills clogged by the bloom.

S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Spring 2003

Scientists studied bald eagle deaths in the Southeast due to avianvacuolar myelinopathy, or AVM, and a possible link between the condition and the presence of the blue-green algae growing on Hydrilla in man-made reservoirs.

2003Newsletter, , coastal-ecology harmful-algal-blooms invasive-species
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Fall 2002

Researchers found that nearly half of 45 stormwater ponds on the South Carolina coast that were tested contained harmful algae in “bloom” proportions. Other efforts to study and monitor harmful algal blooms are also discussed.

2002Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms stormwater-ponds
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Spring 2002

A brief history of early coordination efforts around harmful algal blooms, and a detailed description of the various human health impacts of HABs: types of poisoning, health conditions, and classes of toxic algae.

2002Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms health
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Fall 2001

The CDC funded research into the possibility of risks posed by harmful algal blooms in residential stormwater ponds, including attempting to identify risk factors linked to coastal development and human health impacts.

2001Newsletter, , coastal-development harmful-algal-blooms stormwater-ponds
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Summer 2001

This newsletter details a grant awarded to the Task Group on Harmful Algae to assess environmental impacts of red tides, Pfiesteria, and toxic algae, as well as efforts by students and local residents to aid in monitoring for HABs.

2001Newsletter, citizen-science harmful-algal-blooms
S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae Newsletter – Summer 2000

This newsletter details efforts by the task group to create strategies in advance of issues caused by harmful algal blooms, and also contains an update on research on the red tide dinoflagellate, Scrippsiella carolinium.

S.C. Task Group on Toxic Algae Newsletter – Winter 2000

This newsletter examines research efforts on red tides in state estuaries, as well as innovative measures to treat and diagnose symptoms of Possible Estuarine-Associated Syndrome (PEAS).

2000Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms health
S.C. Task Group on Toxic Algae Newsletter – Summer 1999

This newsletter details South Carolina efforts to check sites of suspected toxic algal blooms in 1999, prevent human health consequences, and study Possible Estuary-Associated Syndrome (PEAS).

1999Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms health
S.C. Task Group on Toxic Algae Newsletter – Winter 1998-1999

South Carolina was awarded $160,000 as part of a six-state, $3.2 million grant provided by the CDC’s National Centers for Environmental Health to track the human health effects posed by the toxic marine alga Pfiesteria piscicida.

S.C. Task Group on Toxic Algae Newsletter – Spring 1998

This newsletter details the creation of the S.C. Task Group on Toxic Algae in response to outbreaks of Pfiesteria in several mid-Atlantic states in the 1990’s. A sidebar includes information about worldwide seafood poisonings caused by toxic algae.

1998Newsletter, harmful-algal-blooms health
Community Associations and Stormwater Management: A Coastal South Carolina Perspective

Practical insights for community associations that want to protect and improve their natural resources. Strategies covered include managing coastal runoff by using vegetated buffers and rain gardens, maintaining stormwater ponds, and other actions homeowners can take to improve water quality. Contains a helpful glossary of terms, web resources, native plant lists, and a maintenance checklist.

2007Book, , , coastal-development engineering low-impact-development stormwater
Sporobolus alterniflorus (Spartina alterniflora) Poster

This educational poster shows the main facts and distribution of Sporobolus alterniflorus (formerly known as Spartina alterniflora), the dominant plant in southeastern salt marshes.

2015Poster, , coastal-ecology education salt-marshes
Microplastics in Estuaries Poster

This colorful poster describes how plastics degrade into microplastics, potential effects on wildlife of microplastic ingestion, and features several easy things people can do to help reduce the amount of plastics in the environment.

2016Poster, , , coastal-ecology education marine-debris microplastics
Tidal Creek Habitats: Sentinels of Coastal Health

This booklet details the effects of development on tidal creek habitats and their important function in the coastal ecosystem.

2006Booklet, , , coastal-development coastal-ecology low-impact-development salt-marshes
Chemical and Biological Contamination of Stormwater Detention Pond Sediments in Coastal South Carolina

This technical report characterizes the chemical and biological contaminants from sediment of 16 stormwater ponds located in suburban areas of Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Charleston, and Beaufort.

2008Research Report, , coastal-ecology pollution stormwater-ponds
Assessment of Stormwater Management in Coastal South Carolina: A Focus on Stormwater Ponds and Low Impact Development (LID) Practices

This report covers the strengths and weaknesses of two stormwater management strategies in coastal South Carolina: stormwater ponds and LID practices. Based on interviews of stormwater professionals and input from workshops, the report assists coastal communities with decision-making about the selection and implementation of stormwater managements strategies.

2010Research Report, , coastal-planning low-impact-development stormwater-ponds
Collaborative Research to Prioritize and Model the Runoff Volume Sensitivities of Tidal Headwaters

Beaufort County, S.C. implemented volume-based stormwater regulations on the rationale that if volume discharge is controlled, contaminant loading will also be controlled. The County sought to identify which of their tidal creeks and what portions of the creeks are most sensitive to stormwater runoff.

2015Research Report, , coastal-ecology community-planning stormwater
Assessing the Impact of Saltwater Intrusion in the Carolinas under Future Climatic and Sea Level Conditions

Scientists investigated the threat of saltwater intrusion in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin under conditions influenced by ongoing and future climatic change with an emphasis on changes in the frequency and duration of saltwater intrusion events with increasing sea levels.

2012Research Report, , , coastal-ecology community-planning resilience sea-level-rise
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report for Beaufort County, South Carolina

Beaufort County is a low-lying coastal county with a high vulnerability to flooding and other coastal hazards. Residents have already noticed the effects of rising sea levels; however, the County is finding it difficult to effectively plan given the compounding uncertainties about sea-level rise and its consequences on the human environment.

2015Book, , community-planning resilience sea-level-rise
Citizens’ Guide to Community Planning: Greater Myrtle Beach Region

This guide is a basic primer for the land-use planning techniques deployed by the eight government bodies in Horry County. Includes a section on special purpose zoning districts and other planning tools, as well as a land-use codes matrix for each municipality.

2008Booklet, coastal-development community-planning
Connected Land Conservation Plan of the East Cooper Region of South Carolina

This plan provides a regional perspective of local development patterns and natural resources in the area between the Cooper and Santee rivers. The project team synthesized technical knowledge regarding urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, and ecology, as well as organized workshops to gather input from the mayors and planning staff to develop a land conservation plan.

2016Booklet, , coastal-development community-planning tourism
A Coherent Approach to Busycon/Busycotypus Fishery Management Along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard

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.

2015Book, fisheries shellfish
Research Needs for the Sustainable Management of Crustacean Resources in the South Atlantic Bight

This report 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.

2014Workshop Report, coastal-ecology fisheries
South Carolina Guide to Beachfront Property

Current and prospective homeowners will learn about common coastal hazards, such as chronic erosion, storm-driven erosion, and flooding. Also included are important state regulations for construction and renovation of properties on the beachfront and criteria for repairing or rebuilding after a storm event.

2014Guidebook, , , , coastal-development coastal-planning hurricanes resilience sea-level-rise
Survey of Marine Recreationists’ Attitudes Towards Potential Offshore Wind Energy in South Carolina

This final report details survey responses from 657 marine recreationists in the North Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, S.C., areas about their points of view regarding the impacts of offshore wind energy. Includes methods, interviews, questionnaires, individual responses, and responses compared across communities.

2011Research Report, , alternative-energy surveys tourism
Coastal Change Along the Shore of Northeastern South Carolina: The South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study

This study was designed to develop an understanding of the factors and processes that control coastal sediment movement within critical areas of erosion along the South Carolina/Georgia coast, and lead to better prediction of changes and cost-effective mitigation of future erosion and accretion patterns.

2009Book, , , , climate-change coastal-development community-planning geology sea-level-rise
Ocean Mineral and Energy Resources in a Changing Climate

This briefing book provides an explanation of South Carolina’s changing climate, and information about sand resources, coastal erosion control, and offshore energy production.

2017Book, , , , alternative-energy climate-change coastal-development coastal-ecology geology
State of Knowledge Report: South Carolina Coastal Wetland Impoundments

This report includes a research summary from the mid-1980s to present, prior research and policy recommendations, a summary of active research and new recommendations, and a comprehensive cited reference list.

2008Technical Report, , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology flooding low-impact-development stormwater-ponds
Handbook of Relative Acute Toxicity Values for Crayfish

This booklet assists the crayfish farmer in determining chemical toxicity values. It contains a detailed chart of the acute toxicity values for crayfish for a variety of common chemicals.

1996Booklet, , aquaculture-mariculture coastal-ecology pollution
Of Sand and Sea: Teachings From the Southeastern Shoreline

This book answers questions about the ocean – how it was formed and what lives in it. The book contains a comprehensive explanation of ocean zones, plate tectonics, the hydrologic cycle, and the physical and chemical properties of the ocean.

2002Book, , , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology education geology marine-debris salt-marshes
First Impacts: Natural Systems Face Sea-Level Rise

Barrier and hammock islands, marshes, tidal wetlands, and their plants and creatures will have to be early adapters as the warming ocean creeps higher in coming decades.

2018Quarterly Magazine, , , , , archaeology barrier-islands coastal-ecology flooding marshes sea-level-rise
Tank to Table: How Single Oyster Mariculture Works

The single-oyster mariculture industry is taking off in South Carolina, as hatcheries and farms refine methods for growing single oysters preferred by high-end restaurants.

2018Quarterly Magazine, , , , aquaculture-mariculture economics fisheries food oysters
Passing the Torch: Mentoring the Next Generation

As Baby Boomers near the end of their careers, passing on their institutional knowledge to future generations becomes critical, shining a spotlight on the mentor-protégé relationship.

2018Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology education workforce-development
Stormwater Ponds: The Coast Re-Plumbed

The expansion of engineered ponds as stormwater control devices has changed the way water moves across the coastal landscape, and the effects are still being sorted out.

2018Quarterly Magazine, , , , climate-change coastal-development coastal-ecology community-planning stormwater-ponds
Environmental Health in a Changing Climate

This briefing book provides an explanation of South Carolina’s changing climate, and an overview of chemical and bacterial contaminants and their effects on environmental health.

2017Book, , climate-change health pollution
Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

This briefing book provides an explanation of South Carolina’s changing climate, and information about the effects on coastal biodiversity and living marine resources.

2017Book, , , climate-change coastal-ecology fisheries harmful-algal-blooms
Phase I Red Snapper Experimental Design Workshop Summary Report

This report details a 2.5-day workshop held in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2017 to discuss six experimental designs developed through a competitive request for proposals.

Love for Natural Places: How It Shapes Our Coast and Affects Us All

People feel better after spending time in nature, and they then work to protect those special places.

2017Quarterly Magazine, , , health natural-history recreation tourism
New Technology: Driving Advances in Coastal Science

In the past 25 years, technology has accelerated extraordinary advances in how scientists record, measure, and process information, and thus has revolutionized research.

2017Quarterly Magazinetechnology
Trailblazers of the Reconstruction Era

With a new National Park Service site planned for Beaufort County, the people who led the way during Reconstruction gain new acclaim.

2017Quarterly Magazine, , , african-american-heritage education history tourism
Guide to the Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks of the Southeastern United States

This guide, available in PDF and as an interactive website, provides an overview of salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystems in the southeastern United States.

2016Field Guide, , coastal-ecology education salt-marshes
Communities Under Water: Lessons Learned from Extreme Floods

Inundations in 2015 and 2016 drove home the message: Building coastal resilience is critical and requires changes. Read about how communities are coping with rising water.

2017Quarterly Magazine, , , , climate-change community-planning engineering flooding resilience
S.C.’s Working Waterfronts: Fishing Villages Evolve

Working waterfronts are living entities, shaped by many variables. In South Carolina, the communities around those waterfronts are taking stock of recent changes and deciding how best to move forward.

2016Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development economics fisheries history working-waterfronts
Career Jump-Start: Cultivating the Future Workforce

How does the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium help develop the research, education, and outreach workforce of the future? It’s all about planting the right seeds in the right places.

2016Quarterly Magazine, education workforce-development
The Wonders of Discovery: Reviving Interest in Natural History

Are we losing our young people to the digital world or is the study of natural history making a comeback?

2015Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology education natural-history
Carolina’s Gold Coast: The Culture of Rice and Slavery

Rice plantations shaped and reshaped the lowcountry geography and economy, making Charleston one of the richest cities in the world, but it was a wealth built primarily on slave labor.

2014Quarterly Magazine, , african-american-heritage coastal-ecology history
Water Cities: Can We Climate-Proof the Coast?

U.S. coastal cities could learn from the Dutch who say, “When building or rebuilding, always think about water.” Digital map and analytical tools show where state’s estuarine shorelines are eroding.

2014Quarterly Magazine, , , , climate-change community-planning engineering flooding resilience
Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina: a Planning and Design Guide

This comprehensive manual on implementing low impact development practices provides engineering tools, planning guidance, and case study examples that are relevant to the South Carolina coastal zone.

2014Guidebook, , coastal-development engineering low-impact-development
The Global Plastic Breakdown: How Microplastics are Shredding Ocean Health

What’s happening to sea life as plastics are shredded into smaller and smaller pieces? Smaller particles capture waterborne contaminants.

2014Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology marine-debris microplastics
On the Waterfront: Can Traditional Industries Survive Explosive Change?

Traditional marine industries continue to lose their hold on South Carolina’s coastal waterways.

2014Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development economics fisheries recreation working-waterfronts
Lowcountry Living Shorelines: Restoring Carolina’s Reefs

South Carolina is one of the few places in the world where oysters are in reasonable abun­­dance and in good harvesting condition. Still, more can be done to restore their populations.

2013Quarterly Magazine, , , coastal-ecology flooding living-shorelines oysters
Red Lionfish: A “Super-Invader” for Supper?

The red lionfish is a “super-invasive” species that is taking over reef systems in the western Atlantic and Caribbean.

2013Quarterly Magazine, , , coastal-ecology fisheries food invasive-species
Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Climate change is often functioning as an accelerant, making some natural weather extremes even more dangerous and intense.

2013Quarterly Magazine, , climate-change flooding sea-level-rise
Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal

On Emancipation Day—January 1, 1863—sea islanders of the Beaufort District realized what they must do to help defeat the Confederacy and keep their freedom.

2012Quarterly Magazine, african-american-heritage history
No Worries? The New Science of Risk and Choice

We can’t understand our disaster risks until we set our minds sternly to the task.

2012Quarterly Magazine, health resilience
Lowcountry’s Fishing Future: Are Locavores the Answer?

South Carolina’s fisheries are sustainable ones, experts say. So buy local seafood with confidence.

2012Quarterly Magazine, , economics fisheries food
Calm After the Storm? Disasters and Mental Health

Trusting relationships help disaster victims recover.

2012Quarterly Magazine, , health hurricanes resilience
Urban Thinker with an Ecologist’s Eye: Jane Jacobs’ Legacy

Her ideas have become integral to contemporary urban planning.

2011Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-development coastal-planning resilience
Water’s Edge: Managing Coastal Runoff

New methods to filter runoff and protect waterways.

2011Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology engineering flooding stormwater-ponds
Carolina Diarist: The Broken World of Mary Chesnut

Her compelling journal describes the four-year Confederate rebellion, which aimed to preserve slavery but led to its extinction in North America.

2011Quarterly Magazine, african-american-heritage history
The Arts of Science: A Search for Visual Ecology

Artists and scientists collaborate to help us perceive patterns of the natural world.

2011Quarterly Magazine, , arts coastal-ecology education
Celebrating 30 Years

In this anniversary issue of Coastal Heritage, we look back on relationships between the human and natural environments in our state, and venture a brief look to the future.

2010Quarterly Magazine, , , , , , climate-change coastal-development fisheries food history living-shorelines resilience
The Dynamic Coast: Living with Shoreline Change

Climate change and global sea-level rise are happening, and now is the time to discuss impacts and tools to adapt, scientists say.

2010Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology coastal-planning flooding sea-level-rise
Offshore Wind: Testing the Water

Offshore wind is South Carolina’s primary renewable resource for generating electricity. Can the state establish effective incentives to develop it? Or will offshore wind prove too expensive and difficult?

2010Quarterly Magazine, , alternative-energy coastal-ecology economics
The Lowcountry’s Jazz Age: Gift of Story and Song

In the 1920s and ‘30s, southern white authors published best-selling novels about the Gullah people. Now the Gullah people are telling their own story.

2009Quarterly Magazine, , african-american-heritage arts history
Sea-Level Rise: Adapting to a Changing Coast

Climate change is accelerating faster than scientists thought possible just a few years ago, and the rate of global sea-level rise will increase as a result. How will South Carolina adapt?

2009Quarterly Magazine, , , climate-change flooding resilience sea-level-rise
Disaster Resilience: 20 Years After Hugo

Government programs have aided numerous disaster victims toward recovery, but citizens, families, and businesses must become better prepared for future emergencies.

2009Quarterly Magazine, , , architecture engineering hurricanes resilience
Cold-Water Corals: Ancient Life in the Deep, Dark Sea

Explorers have discovered a remarkable array of fragile deep-sea corals from North Carolina to east Florida.

2009Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology fisheries technology
Exploring Early Carolina’s Natural Riches

Colonial South Carolina attracted adventurers who arrived here to explore and document its remarkable biological riches.

2008Quarterly Magazine, , arts coastal-ecology history
Climate Change and Ocean Health

An advisory committee recommends 52 policy changes to reduce South Carolina’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

2008Quarterly Magazine, , climate-change coastal-ecology sea-level-rise
Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris

A regional introduction for educators to three main categories of marine debris: litter; derelict or abandoned boats; and lost or abandoned commercial and recreational fishing gear.

2008Curriculum, education marine-debris
Slowing Stormwater: Improving Water Quality by Imitating Nature

Innovative development practices and construction products are allowing stormwater to be filtered on-site and preventing pollution from reaching waterways.

2008Quarterly Magazine, , , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology coastal-planning engineering low-impact-development stormwater-ponds
Breaking the Chains: The End of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Two hundred years ago, abolitionists gained their first victory in the long struggle to abolish the ownership of human beings. In 2008, the lowcountry commemorated the anniversary of that initial victory.

2008Quarterly Magazine, african-american-heritage history
Our Changing Waterfronts

An unprecedented demand for new homes along estuaries and tidal creeks is diminishing water access for commercial fisherman and recreational boaters alike.

2007Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development economics fisheries recreation working-waterfronts
Will Climate Change Devastate Coastal Property Insurance?

Property insurers say that the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coastlines are increasingly becoming a more dangerous place due to hurricanes – and that climate change is an important reason why.

2007Quarterly Magazine, , , climate-change economics flooding resilience
Knocking Back Biological Invaders

Global trade and travel are moving biological invaders around world, causing billions of dollars in damage and displacing native species.

2007Quarterly Magazine, coastal-ecology invasive-species
Rising Tide: Will Climate Change Drown Coastal Wetlands?

Rising sea level is forcing some salt marshes to migrate inland, exposing communities to more flooding. This process will almost certainly accelerate because of climate change.

2007Quarterly Magazine, , , , climate-change coastal-ecology flooding marshes sea-level-rise
Discovery Learning Comes of Age

Many teachers are struggling with “discovery learning,” the strongest trend in science education. But help is on the way.

2006Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology education workforce-development
After the Storm

Why do so many coastal homeowners fail to purchase flood insurance? Another facet of the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

2006Quarterly Magazine, , , , architecture coastal-development engineering hurricanes resilience
African Roots, Carolina Gold

The African contribution to the immensely lucrative South Carolina rice industry.

2006Quarterly Magazine, african-american-heritage history
Building Green: A New Path

A new era of green design and construction has arrived on South Carolina campuses.

2006Quarterly Magazine, , alternative-energy coastal-development low-impact-development
Keeping Watch: Technologies Track Forces of the Sea

A revolution is coming to ocean science, allowing researchers to study the marine environment in a more detailed, timely fashion than ever before.

2005Quarterly Magazine, coastal-ecology technology
Old Cities, New Life

Innovative developers and civic leaders are drawing residents back to older suburbs and formerly blighted areas.

2005Quarterly Magazine, , , architecture coastal-development engineering history
Ancient Tools: Searching for the First Americans

Small stone pieces excavated at the Topper site in Allendale County could be central to the story of Homo sapiens.

2005Quarterly Magazine, archaeology history
Gullah’s Radiant Light

Gullah history is revealed in Lowcountry land held by families for generations.

2005Quarterly Magazine, , african-american-heritage arts history
The Coast’s Great Leap

How fast is too fast? In a single generation, the South Carolina coast has been transformed.

2004Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-development coastal-ecosystems economics
Hanging in the Balance: America’s Fishing Industry

American fishermen are battered by tough regulations intended to recover overfished stocks and by floods of cheap imported seafood.

2004Quarterly Magazine, , , economics fisheries food working-waterfronts
A Line in the Sand: Nourishing South Carolina’s Beaches

For now, nourishment seems the only practical answer to erosion. But, in the long run, most beachfront property owners will have to retreat. The longer we wait, the more costly it will be.

2003Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-development coastal-ecology economics engineering tourism
Hothouse Planet

Which wild creatures can adapt to accelerating climate change?

2003Quarterly Magazine, , climate-change coastal-ecology sea-level-rise
Nature or Nurture?

Driven out of their habitats, many wildlife species are flourishing in America’s urbanized areas, thriving on our handouts and causing nuisances.

2003Quarterly Magazine, coastal-development coastal-ecology
The Freeway City

The South—where sprawl is king and where spread-out growth accelerates faster and farther than anywhere else. Is sprawl outsmarting “smart growth”?

2002Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-development community-planning engineering
Rise and Fall and Rise: South Carolina’s Maritime History

South Carolina’s maritime trade has ridden a roller coaster of success and failure.

2002Quarterly Magazine, , , economics fisheries history working-waterfronts
Floyd Follies: What We’ve Learned

A four-state evacuation from Hurricane Floyd caused massive traffic foul-ups. But South Carolina has since worked hard to improve evacuation planning.

2002Quarterly Magazine, , , coastal-development engineering hurricanes resilience
Where Have all the Joiners Gone?

In the mid-twentieth century, mainstream volunteer groups dominated American civic life. But professionally staffed adversary groups have flourished in recent decades, with unprecedented political influence. How are they changing our civic culture and public policy?

2002Quarterly Magazinevolunteers
Triumph of the Weed

The biological invaders are coming! The Earth, conservationists say, could become increasingly dominated by hardy, prolific, adaptable exotic species such as the zebra mussel and the fire ant.

2001Quarterly Magazine, coastal-ecology invasive-species
Coastal Growth Hits Home

New land-use regulations in two South Carolina coastal counties have sparked fierce debate. Rural neighbors, developers, and conservationists wrangle over development and property rights.

2001Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-development community-planning economics
Shrimp Aquaculture: Challenges and Potential

Booming global trade enables animal viruses to race around the world. Now aquatic farmers and researchers are finding new strategies to contain them.

2001Quarterly Magazine, , , aquaculture-mariculture economics fisheries food
The Bird Chase

During the twentieth century, many of South Carolina’s rice plantations were turned into hunting preserves, which later became a priceless necklace of wildlife habitat along the coast.

2001Quarterly Magazine, , coastal-ecology economics history
The Salty Dogs

Would you notice if South Carolina’s commercial fishermen disappeared?

2000Quarterly Magazine, , , , coastal-ecology economics fisheries food working-waterfronts
The Beauty of Sprawl

If New Urbanists got their way, sprawling suburbs would become an endangered species. But the public, so far, isn’t going along.

2000Quarterly Magazine, coastal-development community-planning
Living Soul of Gullah

Created by Africa and Europe, by slavery and isolation, the Gullah culture is fading into the modern world.

2000Quarterly Magazine, , african-american-heritage arts history
Reviving Eden

Ecological restoration reflects the American spirit—our constant utopian desire to rehabilitate the world. Are ecological restorers bringing back long-lost landscapes—or creating an artificial, costly “nature”?

1999Quarterly Newsletternatural-history
Riches to Ruin: Pharaohs of the New World

Reigning over the Lowcountry for almost two centuries, rice planters created the South Carolina coast’s distinctive culture and its most enduring conflicts.

1999Quarterly Magazine, , african-american-heritage coastal-ecology history
Storm Front

Government programs have helped reduce the public’s vulnerability to hurricanes. Now citizens must take steps to protect themselves before giant storms strike.

1999Quarterly Magazinehurricanes
Nature’s Lessons: A Closer Look

Critics argue that many teachers are using classrooms to push environmentalism on students. But teachers say that schoolchildren are learning about important environmental controversies.

1999Quarterly Magazine, education workforce-development
LU-CES State of Knowledge on Issues Pertinent to the Program Mission

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium coordinated a comprehensive effort to study the potential impact of development in coastal South Carolina, a five-year effort funded by the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program starting in 2001. The South Atlantic Bight Land Use-Coastal Ecosystem Study focused on ecological processes in salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystems in Beaufort County.

1999Report, , coastal-ecology coastal-ecosystems salt-marshes
You Are Here: New Horizons for Geography

A growing number of communities are using complicated computer tools to plan development, conserve natural resources, and protect lives and property during natural disasters.

1998Quarterly Magazinegeography
Pfiesteria Hysteria: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Harmful algae are killing vast numbers of fish and causing human illnesses from Hong Kong to San Juan. Recently, a new toxic species, Pfiesteria piscicida, was discovered along the U.S. Atlantic coast. But while Pfiesteria is often described as a frightening creature, it is just a tiny part of a worldwide problem.

1998Quarterly Magazineharmful-algal-blooms
Early Europeans in America: Hurricanes Steer the Course of History

For more than two centuries, hurricanes changed the direction of American history, helping to decide which nations would control the Atlantic shoreline and where they would build the first colonies. Severe storms sank warships, damaged early forts, and decided crucial battles as Europeans struggled for control of the coast from Virginia to Florida.

1998Quarterly Magazine, history hurricanes
South Carolina Coastal Wetland Impoundments: Ecological Characterization, Management, Status, and Use – Volume 1: Executive Summary

When several landowners requested permits to repair coastal impoundment dikes in the 1980s, state environmental regulators recognized how little they knew about these specialized, man-made ecosystems built for rice production a century earlier. They wanted to know how many of the dike-and-trunk systems were functional, how best to manage them, and how they affected marine life and estuarine functions. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium funded the Coastal Wetland Impoundment Project to come up with answers.

1987Report, , coastal-development coastal-ecology low-impact-development
Sea Sampler Activity Books

Shortly after its creation in 1980, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium began supporting an effort to bolster K-12 marine education. A long process led to the publication in 1985 of “Sea Sampler: Aquatic Activities for the Field and Classroom,” edited by Wendy Beard Allen and Patty Owens McLaughlin. The science in these publications still holds up, even if some activities might no longer match updated grade-level state education standards.

1985Curriculum, coastal-ecology education
Sea Level Rise in Charleston 1984

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium sponsored a workshop on sea level rise in Charleston on February 21, 1984. The keynote remarks by John S. Hoffman, director of strategic studies for the Environmental Protection Agency, presaged the current tidal flooding concerns for the Charleston region.

1984Keynote, climate-change sea-level-rise
A History of Storms on the South Carolina Coast

Among the first projects funded by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in 1980 was a history of hurricanes that had impacted South Carolina. Laylon Wayne Jordan, with assistance from Robert Dukes Jr. and Ted Rosengarten, compiled this extensive document, complete with track charts and newspaper accounts for the major storms.

1980Report, history hurricanes