SC Shrimp Fishery Assistance Project

shrimp boats dockedThe South Carolina Shrimp Fishery Assistance Project is a collaborative effort led by Clemson University involving the state's commercial shrimp industry, SC Sea Grant and other local and state agencies with the goal of helping to develop a sustainable shrimp industry in the state of South Carolina and the South Atlantic region of the United States. In 2004, the two-fold project began by,

  1. providing immediate economic assistance to shrimp fishermen and shrimp businesses in the state and,
  2. through the establishment and leadership of a Shrimp Industry Task Force, identifying critical shrimp industry issues to help guide the development of key research and outreach projects aimed at improving the infrastructure of the ailing shrimp industry.

The assistance program was initially made possible with grants from the National Marine Fisheries Services and from the U.S. Congress through the efforts of retired SC Senator, Fritz Hollings. To learn more about the project, visit About the Project.

Current Work

The project has been completed as of August 2008. However, many of the outreach, research and technical training programs developed during the initial phase of the project are still in operation and have resulted in continued work with the SC shrimp industry.

This website, managed by the SC Sea Grant Extension Program, will now serve as a clearinghouse for the research, technical training and outreach products developed during the course of the project as well as a resource and information tool for the SC shrimp industry.