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#06-100 April 17, 2006

Public meetings to discuss shellfish recommendations

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a series of meetings to review
recommendations designed to improve the management and utilization of the state’s oyster and clam resources.

A public meeting will be held in McClellanville at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the McClellanville Town Office Council Meeting Room, located at 405 Pinckney Street. In Beaufort, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, a meeting will be conducted at the Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium, located at 921 Ribaut Road. A third meeting will be held on James Island, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Marine Resources Research Institute Auditorium, Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson on James Island in Charleston.

For additional information, contact Dale Theiling, Assistant Director of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Office of Fisheries Management, (843) 953-9390, or Bill Anderson, manager of DNR’s Shellfish Management Program, (843) 953-9395.

The recommendations, which if instituted may affect the commercial and recreational shellfisheries of the state, have been developed by a work group of commercial and recreational shell fishermen, shellfish growers, seafood dealers, and DNR fishery managers. Public comment and ideas will be received in an effort to improve the recommendations. “At this point the work group and DNR want the public to weigh in on these proposals for improvement in the way South Carolina manages and uses her oyster and clam resources,” said Theiling.

Recommendations to be presented at the public meetings will include:


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