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Shellfish harvesting season in South Carolina ends May 31 – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2022-05-14 12:51:53 –

Charleston, South Carolina (WCBD) —According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the shellfish harvest season in South Carolina ends May 31st.

According to DNR, state and public shellfish premises will be closed 30 minutes after official sunset.

Harvesting oysters, mussels, lajonkairia lajonii, and other bivalves in the summer can be dangerous as the levels of bacteria rise above 80 degrees Celsius. When temperatures start to drop, the season will be open to the public in the fall, probably around October 1.

Commercial harvesters that “can meet stringent handling requirements” are allowed to harvest during the summer.

Residents are encouraged to recycle their shells through a South Carolina oyster recycling and strengthening program. Shells dropped in any of these locations are returned to the coastline, where they “provide an ideal base for larval oysters to attach and grow, thereby replenishing the beds harvested.” DNR said.

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