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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2010

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Some clam and oyster harvesting areas in northern Charleston and Beaufort counties have been reopened, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The reopened areas include beds from Moore's Landing to Clubhouse Creek in Charleston County," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation program. "Also, those areas near Hilton Head and Pinckney Islands in Beaufort County have been reopened. These areas have been reopened because water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels are suitable for clam and oyster harvesting."

According to Pearson, some areas closed last week will remain closed. Current closures include: all harvesting beds north of Pawley's Inlet in Georgetown and Horry counties, and conditionally approved beds on the Broad Creek in Beaufort County.

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