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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2015

DHEC closes numerous clam and oyster harvesting areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a precautionary closure of much of the state's shellfish harvesting due to excessive rainfall, the agency announced today.

This closure affects all shellfish harvesting for the area extending from St. Helena Sound, including the Coosaw River to the mouth of and including the Bull River, then continuing north to the North Carolina state line. This closure will remain in effect until sampling results indicate that bacteria levels are suitable for shellfish harvesting to resume.

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 846-1030. For information on Georgetown and Horry counties' clam and oyster harvesting areas, call DHEC's EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For more information on Charleston County clam and oyster harvesting areas, call DHEC's EQC office at (843) 953-0160.

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Jim Beasley
Public Information Director
beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.7769