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October 19, 2016

DHEC will reopen shellfish harvesting in Charleston County

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

"Water quality 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 between Breach Inlet and Inlet Creek north to Dewees Inlet and Dewees Creek. Also reopening will be the approved areas of the Folly River and its tributaries north to the southern boundary of Lighthouse Creek. At this time these are the only areas statewide that have been reopened for harvesting. The program continues to monitor the shellfish beds and will reopen areas as soon as it is safe to do so."

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


DHEC Media Relations