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#06-110 May 1, 2006

Oyster, clam seasons in SC will close soon

South Carolina’s oyster season will close on Monday, May 15 according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources officials. Clam season will be extended another two weeks and close on Wednesday, May 31.

Both seasons close at one-half hour after official sunset. Find out more about shellfish harvesting regulations by checking the S.C Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/saltfishing.pdf. A Saltwater Recreational Fishing License is required to harvest oysters and clams. Find out more about the license at http://saltwaterfishing.sc.gov/ or by calling 1-866-714-3611.

Coastal waters will remain closed to recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting for clams and oysters until this fall. Shellfish harvesting season normally opens Sept. 16 of each year; however, depending on water temperatures and weather conditions, this opening date may change.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has requested that special attention be given to the harvest, handling and transportation of shellfish through the end of the season due to expected high air temperatures.

For more information on oysters and clams, call (843) 953-9300 in Charleston.
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