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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 20, 2012

DHEC reopens Charleston County clam and oyster harvesting areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Clam and oyster harvesting areas in three Charleston County creeks that were closed last month have been reopened, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The beds in portions of Secessionville Creek, First Sisters Creek and Folly Creek down to the Folly Road Bridge 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 Charleston County, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. For information on Georgetown and Horry counties' clam and oyster harvesting areas, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For information on clam and oyster harvesting areas 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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