How Some Cope

Who we are

The South Carolina Seafood Alliance is a not for profit trade organization promoting the sustainable catching and/or production of seafood in state and from the adjacent ocean waters.  Reference to local South Carolina seafood as used here includes fresh and saltwater aquaculture and wild-caught seafood.  The Alliance serves the consumers and seafood industry by encompassing all aspects of the system with a diverse board of directors representing producers, commercial docks, wholesale, retail and environmental concerns..


Fresh South Carolina Shrimp

All South Carolina state waters within the General Trawl Zone to the shrimp trawl fishery will open at 8:00 am on Monday, May 7th. This is a full opening and results from the relatively earlier partial opening indicating the shrimpers will have a good, spring white shrimp catch and an improved follow-on crop of white shrimp in the fall.

Source from local is a win-win for all. Fresh, good- tasting, healthy, nutritious, safe shrimp for you while supporting our South Carolina seafood producers. The money stays in the state and the turnover or economic multiplyer generates unseen residual benefits for all of the states' citizens.

Consider buying fresh shrimp in bulk directly from the boats and docks. Some of the boats and docks will prepackage in five-pound bags and up for redistribution if you are buying for a group such as a home owners’ association.

Many shrimpers are now direct marketing to the consumer. Most of the shrimp sold this way are boat-run. This means that they are not graded for size; however wild caught boat run do not vary a great deal in the number of shrimp per pound. It’s the wonderful fresh taste that counts, not the size. Remember, the more shrimp are handled and machine-processed, the greater the distance from fresh-caught.

You and your friends can form a group of fresh-caught shrimp lovers and contact any of those shrimpers in the direct marketing business to set up a time and place for pick up. The drive, even from the Greenville/Spartanburg area, will be well worth the trip. This task could be traded off with various members of your group throughout the season. Don’t forget to buy enough in November and December to freeze for the winter months when the season is closed.

Click here to find those selling fresh shrimp.
This list of shrimpers will grow as the season progresses

There are three distinct and somewhat overlapping zones where South Carolina aquatic products are harvested and grown.  Fresh water fish are grown in many areas of the state.  Mariculture is the growing of fish, shrimp and shellfish in saltwater on land and in the ocean in state controlled ocean waters out to three miles.  The third area of production is in the open ocean within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and it is from 3 to 200 nautical miles offshore.  This area is controlled by the federal government.  South Carolina's freshwater fish and mariculture products plus the harvest from the open ocean provides the State's citizens with an abundant supply of good tasting, safe, healthy, high quality protein.

The U.S. EEZ

The United States EEZ extends 200 nautical miles offshore,  encompassing diverse ecosystems and vast natural resources, such as fisheries, energy and other mineral resources.  The U.S. EEZ is the largest in the world, with over 13,000 miles of coastline and containing 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean, larger than the combined land area of all fifty states.


Yet 86% of all seafood consumed in this country is imported.