Related Websites

shrimp boats docked Below is a list of useful links for the commercial seafood industry. Links cover a variety of agencies and resources available to commercial fishermen and fishing businesses.

Federal Programs/Agencies

National Marine Fisheries Service
Information on federal fisheries management.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Agency responsible for the management of fisheries in federal waters from NC, SC, GA and the east coast of FL.

US Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development
Information on grant and loan programs available to small businesses – including fishing businesses.

US Department of Agriculture Trade Adjustment Assistance
Information on programs for US products that are impacted by trade practices from imported products.

US Federal Register
Website with links to the daily activities of all federal agencies. Ones to check regularly include Department of Commerce, NOAA and International Trade Commission.

AgSouth Farm Credit
Information on loan programs available to fishermen.

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State Programs/Agencies

SC Department of Natural Resources
Information on the management of commercial fisheries in SC as well as information on obtaining appropriate commercial fishing and wholesale seafood dealers licensing.

SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA)
Information about the state’s agriculture department and how the seafood industry can become involved in their marketing and branding programs.

SCDA Certified South Carolina program
The place to learn about and sign up for the SCDA’s branding program for all products grown or harvested in SC – including seafood!

SC MarketMaker
The state’s newest web-based marketing tool helping both producers and consumers promoting, buy and sell all agricultural and seafood products from SC.

SC Employment Security Commission

Information on workforce services.

SC Small Business Administration
Information and resources on how to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.

SC Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
A group of retired business executives that offer free business planning and training assistance to non-profits and other industry groups.

Clemson University Small Business Development Center
University-based research resources on developing small businesses in SC.

SC Sea Grant Consortium
Consortium of state University’s that conduct research and outreach programs to enhance the practical use and conservation of SC’s coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment. Fisheries Extension is one of their core program areas.

Sustainable Seafood Initiative
A program of the SC Aquarium designed to promote the use of local and sustainable seafood in South Carolina’s restaurants.

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Industry Organizations/Associations

SC Seafood Alliance
Seafood industry organization with a mission to preserve and promote the local seafood, aquaculture, and mariculture industries and their heritage.

SC Shrimper’s Association Marketing Board
The marketing branch of the SC Shrimper’s Association that helps promote SC shrimp as a quality product.

Southern Shrimp Alliance
Regional shrimp industry organization representing the industry from NC through TX to maintain the industry’s future through trade action dealing with imported shrimp.

Wild American Shrimp, Inc.
Shrimp industry-wide marketing organization promoting domestic shrimp through stringent quality standards and certification program.

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