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Date: April 10, 2017

RE: Media Invitation to Benthic Ecology/SEERS Meeting 2017
Joey Holleman, (843) 953-2090 or
WHAT: Four experts from the Southeast, the Gulf Coast and England will have a panel session at the combined Benthic Ecology Meeting and Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Meeting to discuss the use of marine science to reset damaged coasts and communities. A media briefing and conference call will follow the panel discussion.
WHO: S.C. Sea Grant Consortium marine education specialist E.V. Bell will discuss From Seeds to Shoreline®, a program which gives K-12 students the chance to learn about the salt marsh ecosystem by cultivating and transplanting Spartina alterniflora, the grass that dominates the southeastern U.S. marsh landscape. Other panelists include Brittany Blomberg of Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, Jennifer Pollack of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Louise Firth of Plymouth University in England.
WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017, with the panel discussion from 10:30 a.m.-noon, and the media briefing and conference call 12:30-2 p.m. Media wishing to participate can call (843) 737-7035 and enter code 862227#.
WHERE: Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, seeks to enhance the practical use and conservation of South Carolina’s coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information, visit

March 15, 2017

RE: Media Invitation to S.C. Seafood Summit
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2092 or

WHAT: The South Carolina Seafood Summit, bringing together leaders in aquaculture, fisheries, distribution, retail and restaurants. Topics to be discussed include the state of South Carolina’s fisheries, current and future research, cooperative approaches for harvesters and aquaculture techniques.

WHO: Participants from Piggly Wiggly, Cantina 76, Sysco, Publix, Fresh Market, Sea Eagle Market and Urban Seas Aquaculture will talk during the 11 a.m.-noon session about linking food service distributors, retail chains, grocery stores and restaurants to get fresh seafood to consumers. Organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and South Carolina Seafood Alliance with support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The full agenda is available here.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: James Island County Park, Edisto Hall, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, S.C.

January 13, 2017

RE: Forums Planned to Discuss Future of Working Waterfronts in Five South Carolina Coastal Communities

Contact: Joey Holleman, (843) 953-2090 or

Charleston, S.C. – The future of traditional working waterfronts in five South Carolina coastal communities will be discussed in a series of public forums in January coordinated by researchers from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Clemson University and College of Charleston.

Working waterfronts in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown, McClellanville, Mount Pleasant and Port Royal face a variety of stresses, including population growth, sea-level rise and economic concerns. Each of those communities strikes its particular balance of fisheries, shipping, recreation and residential use of its waterfront, and the importance of each use has changed through the years.

In 2014 and 2015, the researchers talked with stakeholders from each community in group meetings and individual interviews about those changes and their preferred future courses. Information gathered helped identify needs, challenges and opportunities for each community.

The results of that research will be presented at the public meetings, which are designed to facilitate discussion and help prioritize issues.
The meetings are scheduled:
  • Monday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m.,
    Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m.,
    Waccamaw Council of Governments, 1230 Highmarket St., Georgetown
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.,
    McClellanville Town Hall, 405 Pinckney St., McClellanville
  • Monday, Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m.,
    Clemson Extension Office, 102 Industrial Village Rd., Beaufort
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m.,
    Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant

January 12, 2017

RE: USC President Harris Pastides Elected Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or
Charleston, S.C.— University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has been elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. Pastides began his one-year term on January 1, 2017.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Executive Director Rick DeVoe and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors,” Pastides said. “I have a long-standing love for South Carolina’s coastal waterways and will continue to be a staunch advocate for sustainable marine resource conservation and scientific research.”

Pastides, who has been the USC president since 2008, has a master’s in public health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Before becoming USC’s president, he served as dean of the university’s Arnold School of Public Health and as vice president for Research and Health Sciences. Pastides serves on many local, state, national and international boards, including the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Fulbright Faculty Programs.

“I very much look forward to working with Dr. Pastides this coming year as chair of the Consortium’s Board of Directors,” DeVoe said. “His leadership and many years of experience working on education and research issues in the state will be invaluable to the Consortium’s work in meeting the needs of our diverse stakeholders.”

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board in addition to Dr. Pastides are: Dr. James B. Clements, president of Clemson University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; James E. Clark, president of S.C. State University; and Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel.

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