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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2012

DHEC reopens several shellfish growing areas in Beaufort County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has reopened several approved shellfish growing areas in Beaufort County.

"These areas have been reopened because water quality sampling results indicate bacteria levels are suitable for clam and oyster growing," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation program.

The areas include all approved shellfish growing locations of Areas 14, 19 and 20 including Calibogue Sound, May River, Mackay Creek, Skull Creek, Whale Branch, Coosaw River, and their tributaries. Conditionally approved areas of Broad Creek will remain closed.

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.

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For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email – beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov