Several local waterbodies reopened for oyster, shellfish harvesting

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Oyster beds near Penn Center.

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 Area 16A, including portions of the Coosaw River, Morgan River, Eddings Creek, Coffin Creek, Lucy Creek, and Jenkins Creek. The Conditionally Approved Area around Dataw Island will remain closed. A map of all Shellfish Growing Areas in South Carolina can be found online here.

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.

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