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Ocean & Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

South Carolina Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program

The South Carolina Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program (SCECAP), which was initiated in 1999 by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), is designed to assess the condition of the state's estuarine habitats and associated biological resources on an annual basis by integrating numerous measures of water quality, sediment quality, and biotic condition at a large number of sites throughout the state's coastal zone. It also expands historical monitoring activities that have primarily focused on open water habitats (e.g. bays, sounds, tidal rivers) to include an assessment of conditions in tidal creeks, which serve as important nursery habitat for most of the state's economically valuable species.

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