07. Crabbing & Fishing in the Marsh

The salt marsh is home to many animals, including some that people like to eat. Blue crabs are often caught in wire boxes called crab pots. Shrimp grow from tiny larvae to big adults while they live in the salt marsh. Hard clams also live in the salt marsh. They are buried just under the surface of the mud. People use clam rakes to find them.

People also like to eat the fish they catch out of the creeks that run through the salt marsh. Flounder, spot, and croaker are some of the favorites. The most abundant fish in South Carolina's marsh creeks, however, is the bay anchovy. It is a small fish that feeds on plankton and is eaten by many larger fish and birds.

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Bay Anchovy | The Salt Marsh
Bay Anchovy | The Salt Marsh

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The bay anchovy is the most numerous fish in the estuaries of South Carolina. They are food to larger fish and to many birds. Anchovies are specialized to feed on plankton. They have a huge mouth and...
Blue Crabs | The Salt Marsh
Blue Crabs | The Salt Marsh

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Blue crabs are active predators and effective scavengers. They occur throughout the estuary. They can swim by using their last pair of legs, which have been modified into paddles instead of walking...
Crabbing & Fishing in the Marsh | The Salt Marsh
Crabbing & Fishing in the Marsh | The Salt Marsh

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The salt marsh is home to many animals, including some that people like to eat. Blue crabs are often caught in wire boxes called crab pots. Shrimp grow from tiny larvae to big adults while they live...
Flounder | The Salt Marsh
Flounder | The Salt Marsh

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There are several species of flatfish that occur in South Carolina. These include flounder, soles, and tonguefish. The flatfish lie slightly buried on the bottom, where they wait for prey, such as...
Hard Clams | The Salt Marsh
Hard Clams | The Salt Marsh

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The hard clam, or quahog, is common along our coast. The clams are sold commercially as littleneck, cherrystone, or chowder clams, depending on size, with littlenecks about an inch in diameter and...
Shrimp | The Salt Marsh
Shrimp | The Salt Marsh

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Three different species of shrimp are collected commercially from offshore and from the salt marsh. They are the pink shrimp, the brown shrimp, and the white shrimp. They are large, up to 10 inches in...
Spot & Croaker | The Salt Marsh
Spot & Croaker | The Salt Marsh

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Spot and croaker are closely related fish. They look alike, with light vertical bands, but the spot is named for a dark spot just behind its gill cover. All members of this group of fish make noises...