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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 30, 2011

DHEC opens thousands of additional acres for clam and oyster harvesting

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Based on new yearly water quality data, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will open more than 5,000 additional acres of shellfish beds for harvesting during the upcoming shellfish season, the agency announced today.

“These new shellfish beds will be classified as approved when the recreational harvesting season begins on Oct. 1,” said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC’s shellfish sanitation program. “Approved areas are normally open for the harvesting of clams and oysters for human consumption. Approved areas must not exceed an established water quality standard.”

The newly approved harvesting areas include:

  • Beaufort County
    • 448 acres of Brickyard Creek
  • Charleston County
    • 883 acres along Intracoastal Waterway near McClellanville
    • 1412 acres of Captain Sam’s Inlet
  • Georgetown County
    • 1200 acres between Muddy Bay and North Inlet
    • 1200 acres of North Santee Bay
  • Horry County
    • 274 acres near Hog Inlet

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

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
Email – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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