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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2012

DHEC reopens several clam and oyster beds in Beaufort County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has reopened several conditionally approved clam and oyster beds in Beaufort County.

“All conditionally approved clam and oyster beds in Broad Creek and Jenkins Creek have been reopened because water quality sampling results indicate bacteria levels are suitable for harvesting,” said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation program. “Area 13 remains closed due to elevated bacteria levels.”

A map showing all of South Carolina’s shellfish growing areas is available on DHEC’s website at:http://www.scdhec.gov/sfmaps.

For more information on clam and oyster beds 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 beds, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For more information on Charleston County clam and oyster beds, call DHEC's Region 7 EQC office at (843) 953-0160.

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