Oyster harvest season is coming to an end

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, oyster season is set to close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15.

Clam season is set to end 16 days later, on May 31, 30 minutes after sunset.

Though the harvesting season is over, shell recycling locations will remain open during the summer months, collection sites can be found here.

SCDNR says the heat of the summer elevates the bacterial levels in South Carolina’s water, it mainly occurs when the water temperatures reach 80 degrees.

Recreational harvesting end, but commercial harvesting will continue because commercial harvesters can meet the handling requirements of the shellfish.

Shellfish harvesting is expected to reopen October 1, 2018.

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