Research and outreach bolster competiveness of shrimp industry

By Peter Kent

shrimp boatCut-rate imported shrimp, coupled with meager harvest years, have threatened the southern shrimp industry.

Since 2003, Clemson researchers and Extension specialists have worked with South Carolina shrimpers to develop a marketing plan for wild-caught shrimp; document quality differences between wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp; and help industry leaders evaluate and plan to improve facilities and processes.

The long-term goal is to create a sustainable shrimp industry in the state, the South Atlantic region and the nation. Tactics include creating a comprehensive risk management program, exploring the feasibility of a regional shrimp processing facility, improving the profitability of marketing to local retail outlets, and establishing local zoning ordinances to protect access to docking facilities.

The research and outreach program was funded by a federal grant that also provided economic assistance to the shrimpers, dock owners and shrimp-related businesses.

For information: Susan Barefoot, 864-656-3141,