Shellfish season opens Oct. 1 in South Carolina

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 20, 2013 

SC DNR

The 2013-2014 season for harvesting shellfish -- clams, oysters and other bivalves -- in coastal waters of South Carolina will open a half-hour before official sunrise Oct. 1 and close May 15.

Season dates apply to both recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

DNR maintains State Shellfish Grounds for commercial and recreational harvesting of clams and oysters. Maps of designated harvest areas can be downloaded from the DNR website or can be obtained by calling 843-953-9854 or writing the Shellfish Management Section, Attention: Ben Dyar, SCDNR, P.O. Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422-2559.

Maps for the 2013-14 season will be available by Oct. 1, DNR says.

Recreational harvesters must have a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License, available from DNR, some fishing supply stores and online. To purchase a license online or to find list of license vendors, go to www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.

For shellfish harvesting rules, go to www.eregulations.com/southcarolina/huntingandfishing.

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