By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Scientists, regulators and fishermen from the United States and Europe will be talking shrimp, lobster and other crustaceans this week in Charleston.
The three-day International Conference on Shellfish Restoration opens Wednesday and continues through Saturday.
The executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, Rick DeVoe, says the conference has been held every two years since the first meeting on Hilton Head Island in 1996.
DeVoe says shellfish have been and continue to be an important part of South Carolina's coastal economy and lifestyle.
The conference is focusing on three main areas. They include restoring coastal areas so they can again support shellfish, enhancing shellfish populations that already exist and protecting water quality so shellfish can flourish.