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October 22, 2015

DHEC reopens many shellfish beds closed by flooding

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reopened many shellfish beds previously closed due to excessive rainfall earlier this month, the agency announced today.

"Water quality data indicate that the approved harvesting areas in Charleston and Colleton counties are suitable for harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section.

The following harvesting areas have been reopened:

  • St. Helena Sound north to the southern shore of Stono Inlet
  • The northern shore of Dewees Inlet extending up Dewees Creek north to McClellanvile and Mud Bay, and out to Cape Romain Harbor

The following areas will remain closed to harvesting until sampling results indicate they are again suitable for harvesting:

  • The northern shore of the Stono Inlet north to the Charleston Harbor
  • The southern shore of Dewees Inlet extending into Dewees Creek South to the Charleston Harbor
  • McClellanville and Muddy Bay out to Cape Romain Harbor, north to Litchfield and Midway Inlet.

For information on Georgetown and Horry counties' clam and oyster harvesting areas, call DHEC's Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 238-4378. For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's EQC office at (843) 846-1030. For more information on Charleston County clam and oyster harvesting areas, call DHEC's EQC office at (843) 953-0150.


Jim Beasley
Public Information Director