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Old fishing boats at dock.

South Carolina Working Waterfronts

Working waterfronts are areas that provide public access to water-dependent activities. They can include such places as fishing docks, recreational boat ramps, and marinas.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium provides provides science-based information and technical assistance to help coastal communities make decisions about their working waterfronts.

Community Outreach Projects


Working Waterfront Spotlight: McClellanville

Since 2017, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has collaborated with the Town of McClellanville, its citizens, industry partners, watermen, and local nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive master management plan and viable business model to protect and sustain the cultural and economic values of the town’s working waterfronts.

Working Waterfronts Community Forums

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and partners talked with stakeholders regarding challenges facing their working waterfronts. The research results were presented at Community Forums designed to facilitate discussion and help prioritize issues.

S.C. Working Waterfronts

Five South Carolina communities were highlighted in this web-based story map. The story map explores the past, present, and future of each waterfront in the context of changing cultures, rising sea levels, and changing climate.

Working Waterfronts Resources


Podcast: Understanding the Working Waterfronts’ Contribution to the Blue Economy

In this podcast, Matt Gorstein, the Consortium’s Assistant Director for Development and Extension, is interviewed by Ashley Bennis with Texas Sea Grant to discuss South Carolina’s Blue Economy and how working waterfronts contribute to the economic output. The podcast is a collaboration of the National Working Waterfront Network and the American Shoreline Podcast Network.

Working Waterfronts Articles