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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2010

DHEC reopens some Charleston and Georgetown County clam and oyster harvesting areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Some clam and oyster harvesting areas ranging from northern Charleston County to southern Georgetown County have been reopened, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The reopened areas include beds at Clubhouse Creek near McClellanville north to and including North Inlet in Georgetown County," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation program. "These areas have been reopened because water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels are suitable for clam and oyster harvesting."

According to Pearson, all other areas closed last week will remain closed. Current closures include: all harvesting beds north of North Inlet in Georgetown and Horry counties, and areas close to Hilton Head Island and Pinckney Island.

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting in the Charleston area, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. For information on clam and oyster harvesting in Horry and Georgetown counties, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For information on clam and oyster harvesting 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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