Advisories can provide vital information that is sure to enhance your visit to our Coast. From weather to beach water quality, you'll be informed of conditions upfront as you plan your stay. See the current advisories.
Water Quality: Swimming Advisories, Runoff, Real-time and Historical Data...
Our coast is all about water quality. From animals to humans, our activities can have a negative impact on them. Maintaining pristine conditions as well as improving vulnerable environments can only benefit all who enjoy our coasts. Learn more about water quality on the coast.
Weather: Real-time Weather, Storm Information and Activities...
Weather contributes to the quality of your time spent on the coast. Planning around weather patterns as well as knowing how to prepare for adverse conditions is an important element of your coastal experience. See weather and preparedness information.
Fishing/Shellfish: Fish Advisories, Fish Watch, Shellfish Harvesting...
Sport fishing is both a recreational and commercial activity in South Carolina. There are a number of regulatory agencies that are responsible for some aspect of fishing in our coastal waters. A fishing license is required when fishing in public waters. Learn more about fishing and shellfish harvesting.
(NOAA) FishWatch -User friendly science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices.
(SC Aquarium) Good Catch - Promotes awareness and sustainability for fisheries and consumption of responsibly harvested seafood. Also, learn about Good Catches partners in the seafood restaurant business in South Carolina.
Tidal Creeks: Tidal Creek, SC Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program...
Tidal creeks are part of an overall transitional zone known as estuaries where fresh surface water bodies mix with ocean salt water. The inflow of both seawater and freshwater provides high levels of nutrients in the water and the sediment making estuaries vitally important to seafood quality and a productive habitat for many wildlife species. Explore information about tidal creeks and estuaries.
(SC DHEC) Adpopt-a-Beach - Part of DHECs Marine Debris Initiative that encourages involvement of local businesses, clubs, schools, and neighborhoods to participate in activities to help preserve our coastal resources.
Beach Preservation: Protection, Erosion and Re-Nourishment...
Sand dunes are a familiar part of the coastal landscape and they serve an invaluable purpose: protection of beachfront property, resources and reducing destructive erosion. Sand dunes are protected by law in South Carolina so it is important to become familiar with the type of outdoor activities you can conduct around them. Learn more about beach preservation.
(SC DHEC) Adopt a Beach - Part of DHECs Marine Debris Initiative that encourages involvement of local businesses, clubs, schools, and neighborhoods to participate in activities to help preserve our coastal resources.
Many varieties of wildlife inhabit our coast. Learning about their habits and diseases that affect their quality of life is important to understand so we can respect their habitat while interacting with them. Discover more about coastal wildlife conservation.
Audubon Conservation - Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
(NOAA) One Ocean, One Health - A report on the collaborated effort between medical and science researchers relative to overall oceanic changes and the potential impact on the environment and human health.
(SC DNR) SC Marine Turtle Conservation Program - General information relatiInformation on protection and conservation of marine mammals and endangered/threatened marine life. ve to sea turtles, their habitats, and conservation efforts.
The State of the Coast - A NOAA website with information about coastal communities, economy, ecosystems, and climate.
Coastal County Snapshots - The Coastal County Snapshots tool provides local officials and citizens with a quick look at a county's demographics, infrastructure, and environment within the flood zone.
Oceans and Human Health - NOAA's Oceans and Human Health Initiative homepage. Their mission is "To improve the understanding and management of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes to enhance benefits to human health and reduce public health risks."
One Health Commission - A report from the NOAA Science Advisory Board (April 2010). This report identifies opportunities to enhance NOAA's ongoing health related efforts, including all relationships between the ocean and the health of the organisms in it as well as their links to human health.
SC Coastal Information Network - The Network is an ongoing partnership to enhance coordination of the coastal community outreach efforts in South Carolina. The site provides a calendar of outreach events, links to collaborating partners, and links to event publications for further information.