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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 17, 2010

Some conditionally approved Beaufort County shellfish harvesting areas closed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The conditionally approved shellfish harvesting areas of Jenkins Creek and Broad Creek in Beaufort County have been closed due to excessive rainfall, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The areas will remain closed until water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels are safe for shellfish harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Program.

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

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For more information:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
E-mail - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov