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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2016

DHEC closes some Charleston County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has closed some shellfish harvesting beds in Charleston County, the agency announced today.

"This closure affects shellfish harvesting on the Stono River from the headwaters to the mouth of Abbapoola Creek due to a sewer line break," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The affected area will reopen once shellfish tissue samples indicate that bacteria levels are once again suitable for shellfish harvesting."

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC's Charleston Environmental Health Services Office at (843) 953-0150.

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