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Georgia Sea Grant

Safe and Sustainable Seafood

Historically, the most important components of Georgia’s fisheries have been shrimping, the trapping of blue crabs and recreational fishing. Although these three remain paramount, change has come. Imported seafood threatens the economic viability of shrimping and crabbing, and diminished public access to waterways constrains recreational fishing. However, developments in aquaculture and mariculture promise a brighter future for dormant shellfish fisheries, and demand for local and sustainably harvested seafood may give new life to shrimping and crabbing fisheries.

Georgia Sea Grant studies tools, techniques and threats to aquaculture and commercial and recreational fishing, working to maintain and strengthen the coastal zone’s economic connection to the harvest of the sea.