South Carolina oyster harvesting season open until May 2020

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South Carolina's recreational harvesting season has opened for shellfish such as oysters and will last until May 15, 2020, unless conditions warrant an extension of the season or cease it at an earlier date.

There are various oyster beds in different locations that will be available for harvesters, but they typically change from year to year. This year’s list of areas can be found on the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website or viewed online via an interactive Recreational Shellfish Map Application.

Recreational oyster harvesters are required to obtain a Saltwater Recreational Fish License and are limited to acquire two U.S. bushels (16 gallons) of oysters in any one day. Harvesters are also limited to two calendar days per seven-day period.

Shellfish grounds may be closed due to unforeseeable events such as marine spills or storms. Closures can be monitored and verified through an interactive map on the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s (DHEC) website or by calling 800-285-1616.

Commercial harvesters are encouraged to call the Marine Permitting Office at 843-953-0453 for further information.

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