South Carolina is home to a number of commercial fisheries. Shrimping is one of the state’s most important fisheries. During the early season, shrimpers harvest roe white shrimp, which bring relatively high prices. During the summer months, brown shrimp dominate landings. From fall thru early winter, spring white shrimp are landed.

South Carolina fishermen also harvest shellfish including blue crabs, clams, and oysters. Finfish are also important, including Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, southern flounder, striped bass, croaker, speckled trout, weakfish, spot, wahoo, mahi mahi, groupers, snappers, amberjack, black sea bass, and other species.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages commercial fisheries in state waters. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council manages fish stocks from three to 200 miles offshore of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida.

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