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Long Bay Hypoxia Working Group
Scientists work to understand water-quality anomaly

In 2004, anglers were startled by unusually large catches of flounder in the waters off the Myrtle Beach area, which oceanographers call Long Bay, in the northern coastal ocean of South Carolina. The problem with this flounder “jubilee” was that low-oxygen levels in the water had created a “dead zone” that drove fish toward the shoreline. What caused this low-oxygen—or hypoxic—event in the first place?          Read more.....



The South Atlantic Bight Land Use–Coastal Ecosystem Study (LU-CES)


LU-CES is an interdisciplinary research program funded by NOAA's Coastal Ocean Program and designed to understand the effects of changing land use patterns on coastal resources. It seeks to establish an understanding of both environmental and socioeconomic trends that characterize the SAB region. The program is designed to fill critical information gaps that currently limit identification of links between population and development trends on the region's ecosystems.

 

The South Carolina/Georgia Coastal Erosion Study:
A Cooperative Program of the U.S. Geological Survey,
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and NOAA


This program is a multi-institutional effort to develop an understanding of the factors and processes that control coastal sediment movement within critical areas of erosion along the South Carolina/Georgia coast. Results of the Coastal Erosion Study will lead to better prediction of changes and cost-effective mitigation of future erosion and accretion patterns. Policymakers will be provided with scientific information needed to enhance protection of valuable coastal resources.

 

Cooperative Institute for Fisheries Molecular Biology (FISHTEC)

The FISHTEC program addresses the growing need to better understand the population dynamics of heavily fished commercial species. The program uses molecular biological techniques to study and manage coastal and pelagic fishes and stocks. The work is particularly important for fishes that migrate and are subject to by-catch in other fisheries. Some of the species studied so far include: blue marlin, swordfish, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, sharks, and striped bass.

FISHTEC Study Report:
A Synopsis of Research Efforts
Covering the Years: 1991-2006
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S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae

The S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae was organized in 1997 as a proactive response to a Pfiesteria outbreak in Maryland. Task group members include representatives from state and federal agencies and academic institutions across South Carolina. The task group seeks to identify conditions that lead to the development of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs); assess risks of HABs to human health, the environment, and the economy; develop public education materials; and organize response teams for fish kills, algal blooms, and reports of human health effects. For more information, visit http://www.scseagrant.org/hab


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