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South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium achieved college status in 1986 and is a state agency that, through a program of research, education, extension, and training, enhances economic opportunities and conservation of coastal and marine resources for South Carolina citizens.

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South Carolina Sea Grant by the Numbers

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*Metrics are direct results of Sea Grant work between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 as reported by Sea Grant programs in Summer 2020. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

South Carolina Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet South Carolina Sea Grant Experts

John Weinstein, Ph.D.

Interim Dean at The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics - Dr. Weinstein's research is funded by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and assesses the sources, the fate and the effects of plastic and microplastic debris in the Charleston Harbor.

"The primary driver of this research has been the intellectual curiosity of the students. They have been the ones to propose the ideas, conduct the research and analyze the data."

Frank Roberts

Owner/Founder of Lady's Island Oysters - In response to a moratorium on the importation of oyster seed to South Carolina, Frank Roberts began an oyster hatchery to provide seed to oyster farmers throughout the state.

"It was the latest technology and experience that Julie Davis had that was able to keep us on the straight and arrow so we could throw this together in very rapid form, properly."

Julie Davis

Living Marine Resources Extension Specialist - Julie works with South Carolina fishermen and shellfish growers by providing advice on the best growing techniques to increase their chance of success in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

"It's rewarding to see them be successful and excited about what they're doing, and making plans for expansion in a really smart way that is manageable."

South Carolina Stories and News

Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

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Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Sustainable Fisheries awarded approximately $900,000 of FY21 federal funds to support projects that will initiate “Food from the Sea'' career development programs. With these funds, Sea Grant programs and partners will work collaboratively with members of the fishing industry to identify training needs and develop updated and/or new resources and programming to address those needs.  

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

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Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

Sea Grant and its research partners announced two updates on efforts to better understand red snapper populations in U.S. coastal waters today. These complementary projects, which are interdisciplinary and connected to multiple partners and stakeholders are being conducted by external, university-based teams and administered by Sea Grant. 

Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

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Sea Grant Recognizes Best in Program

Sea Grant recently rolled out the (virtual) red carpet to recognize some of its own for their exemplary efforts at putting science to work for America’s coastal communities.

As 2020 draws to a close, Sea Grant is reflecting on its best moments of what has been an especially challenging year. Several Sea Grant projects and people were recently recognized by the Sea Grant Association (SGA) for their exceptional work. 


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