Conservation Initiatives

From the sea turtles that call our oceans home to the seafood your family enjoys, we are working to advance conservation awareness
in our community and across the state. The ocean is more than just part of South Carolina’s landscape; it is a vital resource we need to protect.
Learn more about the Aquarium’s ocean and freshwater conservation programs here.

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Terrapin Conservation

If you go crabbing, you can help reduce injury and death to diamondback terrapins by attaching by-catch reduction devices (BRDs) to each opening of the crab trap. Properly installed, the BRD can prevent turtles from entering the crab trap, but leaves enough opening for crabs to enter.

Freshwater Mussels

Freshwater mussels are one of the most imperiled organisms in the world. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and other organizations, the South Carolina Aquarium conducts underwater population surveys in rivers throughout the state. Annual symposiums are held to discuss research, populations’ trends and habitat protection. Freshwater mussel conservation efforts have provided awareness and information on this important group of animals.

Robust Redhorse

The robust redhorse is a large freshwater fish that was lost to science for more than one hundred years, largely as a result of habitat alteration and perhaps overfishing. The Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee, which the Aquarium is a member of, is responsible for developing a multifaceted conservation plan for the species, involving various state and federal agencies, universities, and public and private organizations.


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The Ocean Project

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be part of one of the largest international collaborative efforts to support ocean conservation. The Ocean Project provides research-based conservation messages, programs and activities to hundreds of zoos, aquariums and museums in order to help promote ocean conservation. The Ocean Project has reached more than 200 million people to help create awareness and change attitudes and behaviors for ocean conservation.