DHEC reopening shellfish harvesting in Beaufort County

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Beaufort 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 Area 14 which includes the Coosaw River, Bull River, Combahee River, Ashepoo River and the Morgan Back Creeks."

These areas are in addition to the areas previously reopened last week, which includes Areas 6B, 7, Portions of 8 and 9A which extends from the South Santee River to the southern portion of Bulls Bay and the shellfish beds between Dewees Inlet and Breach Inlet. Also reopened last week are the southern portions of Area 10A south of Lighthouse Inlet to the mouth of the Folly River and Areas 12A and 12B which extends from Captain Sams Inlet south to the North Edisto River. 

All of these growing areas can be seen in more detail at www.scdhec.gov/shellfish. 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 South Carolina, call DHEC's Shellfish Harvesting and Closure Information Line at 1-800-285-1618, or visit our website at www.scdhec.gov/shellfish.