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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2016

DHEC reopening more shellfish harvesting in Lowcountry

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort 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 Areas 05, 08, 09A, 09B, 10A and 16A. The approved areas of North Inlet in Georgetown County, the Wando River, Schooner Creek, Clark Sound and the shellfish beds between the Ben Sawyer Bridge and Breach Inlet in Charleston County along with the Morgan River, Parrot Creek and Jenkins Creek in Beaufort County have been reopened for harvesting."

A few areas in Beaufort and Jasper counties remain closed and will reopen once sampling results indicate that conditions are once again suitable for harvesting. To view these areas in detail, please go to www.scdhec.gov/shellfish and select the Closure Update link.

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