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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2016

DHEC reopening additional 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 in Area 8. This opening will expand the previously open shellfish harvesting areas to include all areas south of the South Santee River to Breach Inlet and Inlet Creek."

Also reopening will be the approved shellfish beds in Area 11. This will include the areas behind Kiawah Island and expanding the previously opened areas to include all approved shellfish harvesting beds between Lighthouse Inlet south to the North Edisto River. Also previously opened is Area 14 which includes the Coosaw, Combahee, Ashepoo and Bull Rivers.

Clark Sound, Schooner Creek and the Wando River will remain closed along with all shellfish harvesting areas North of the South Santee River to the North Carolina state line and all shellfish harvesting areas south of the North Edisto River to the Georgia state line, except for Area 14.

All of these growing areas can be seen in more detail at www.scdhec.gov/shellfish. 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 www.scdhec.gov/shellfish.

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