The R/V Palmetto is part of a fleet of vessels operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Marine Resources Research Institute. The research vessel is used primarily for ... fishery surveys of natural and man-made fish habitats. The Palmetto conducts fishery and oceanographic surveys from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Palm Beach, Florida, and offshore to 100 miles. The ship is outfitted primarily for oceanographic and fishery and surveys including tag and release survival rate studies. It is equipped with three winches for deploying hydrographic gear (CTDs), underwater television and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), fishing gear (longlines, traps, small trawls), and other sampling gear (e.g. plankton nets).