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March 4, 2012

DHEC closes numerous clam and oyster harvesting areas

COLUMBIA, S.C.Clam and oyster harvesting areas along the southern third of South Carolina’s coast have been closed due to this weekend's heavy rainfall, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"All of the clam and oyster harvesting areas from State Highway 174 in Charleston County down to the South Carolina-Georgia line have been closed," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's shellfish sanitation program. "All of these areas will remain closed until water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels are suitable for shellfish harvesting."

For information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Georgetown and Horry counties, call DHEC's Region 6 Environmental Quality Control 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. 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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