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November 3, 2016

DHEC reopening additional shellfish harvesting in Beaufort and Colleton Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Beaufort and Colleton counties previously closed due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, the agency announced today.

"Oyster and clam tissue data indicate that these approved harvesting areas are suitable for harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "This reopening includes the approved shellfish beds in Area 13, South Edisto River and its tributaries in Colleton County. In addition, multiple areas of Beaufort County will also be opening. The openings include the upstream portions of the Broad River, Jarvis Creek and Whale Branch."

North Inlet in Georgetown County, Clark Sound, Schooner Creek and the Wando River in Charleston County will remain closed along with the remaining areas of Beaufort and Jasper counties.

All of these growing areas can be seen in more detail at The program continues to monitor the shellfish beds and will reopen remaining areas as soon as it is safe to do so.

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in South Carolina, call DHEC's Shellfish Harvesting and Closure Information Line at 1-800-285-1618, or visit our website at


DHEC Media Relations