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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 21, 2012

Heavy rains lead to Beaufort County clam and oyster bed closures

COLUMBIA, S.C. – All clam and oyster harvesting beds within the conditionally managed areas of Broad Creek have been closed due to recent heavy rainfall, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"This closure is temporary and is the result of potentially elevated bacteria levels," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The affected areas will reopen once water quality data indicates the bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting."

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.

More information is also available on DHEC’s website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/shellfish.

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