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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 13, 2009

Charleston County shellfish growing area reopens

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The approved shellfish beds of the Wando River in Charleston County have been reopened for harvesting, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"This area has been reopened because water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels are suitable for shellfish harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC’s Shellfish Sanitation program.

For more information on Charleston area shellfish beds, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. For information on shellfish areas in Horry and Georgetown counties, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For information on shellfish areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's Region 8 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 846-1030.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
E-mail - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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