Marine - Species

The information that follows is intended to give you a window into the lives and abundance of a selection of South Carolina's marine species. It also highlights the work your Department of Natural Resources undertakes to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy access to healthy and sustainable fisheries. Data presented are from projects of your Department of Natural Resources and therefore reflect conditions in South Carolina. Many species travel beyond our borders and are managed at the regional scale by entities such as the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Therefore, the abundance of a particular species in South Carolina may or may not be indicative of conditions across its entire range or the management actions necessary to ensure access to a healthy, sustainable stock. We encourage you to visit http://www.safmc.net/ and http://www.asmfc.org/ to learn more about regional management and condition of fisheries.

An online survey and meetings with interested groups guided selection of species and attributes for this product. View the results of that survey in the Adobe PDF file format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open these files and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site. We thank you for your assistance in creating this product and hope you find it useful and informative.

It is our goal to update these data annually and add information for new species as resources allow.

Abundance of Species Color Code Description

Color Codes provide a visual representation of species abundance in South Carolina. For more detailed information, take a look at the graphs of abundance for each species.

Species Image Abundance of Species
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Atlantic Croaker Atlantic Croaker

3

Atlantic Spadefish Atlantic Spadefish

 

Black drum Black drum

3

Black seabass Black Seabass

 

Blue Crab Blue crab

3

Cobia Cobia

 

Eastern Oyster Eastern Oyster

 

Jack crevalle Jack crevalle

 

King mackerel King Mackerel

 

Red drum Red drum

3

Sheepshead Sheepshead

3

Southern flounder Southern flounder

2

Southern kingfish Southern Kingfish

 

Spanish mackerel Spanish mackerel

 

Spot Spot

3

Spotted seatrout Spotted Seatrout

3

Summer flounder Summer Flounder

 

Tarpon Tarpon

 

Weakfish Weakfish

 

White shrimp White Shrimp - photography by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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