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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2011

DHEC reopens Beaufort County clam and oyster harvesting areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Conditionally approved clam and oyster harvesting areas along Broad Creek on Hilton Head Island that were closed earlier this month have been reopened, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"These areas have been reopened because water quality sampling results indicate bacteria levels are suitable for clam and oyster harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation program.

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

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