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DHEC Closes Shellfish Harvesting Locations from Hilton Head Island North to Edisto Island

Aug. 30, 2023

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is closing shellfish harvesting beds from Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County north to Edisto Island in Charleston at sunset today, August 30, due to Hurricane Idalia.

“When a hurricane warning is issued by NOAA's National Hurricane Center, we are required to close shellfish beds within the area,” said Mike Marshall, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "DHEC will send notification once the area is reopened for shellfish harvesting."

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in the affected area, call DHEC's Beaufort County Environmental Affairs Office at 843-846-1030 or the Charleston County Environmental Affairs Office at 843-953-0150. Learn more about DHEC’s Shellfish Sanitation Program at



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