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October 21, 2016

DHEC reopening more shellfish harvesting in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Charleston County previously closed due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, the agency announced today.

"Water quality data indicate that these approved harvesting areas are suitable for harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "This reopening includes the approved shellfish beds in Areas 12B and 12A which includes the North Edisto River, Bohicket Creek, portions of Leadenwah Creek, Toogoodoo Creek and Wadmalaw River. Also reopening will be all the approved shellfish beds in Areas 06B and 07 which includes the South Santee River south to the southern portions of Bulls Bay. These areas can be seen in more detail at The program continues to monitor the shellfish beds and will reopen remaining areas as soon as it is safe to do so."

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC's Charleston Environmental Health Services Office at (843) 953-0150. Or visit our website at


DHEC Media Relations