SC oyster, clam season opens Oct. 1 | News
COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC)- The 2012-2013 season for harvesting clams and oysters off of the South Carolina coast begins next month.
The season opens a half hour before official sunrise on Oct. 1 and runs until May 15, 2013, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season, according to the South Caroline Dept. of Natural Resources. The season applies to both recreational and commercial harvesting.
Shellfish beds man close temporarily during a hurricane or major rain event.
There are 20 Public Shellfish Grounds that are managed exclusively for recreational gathering and are marked by boundary signs.
Areas designated as Shellfish Culture permits cannot be recreationally harvested unless the harvester has written permission from the permit holder, according to the DNR.
Maps of designated harvest areas for recreational purposes can be found on the DNR website or by calling 843.953.9854 or writing the Shellfish Management Section, SCDNR, PO Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422-2559. Specify which area in which you'd like a map.
Recreational harvesters must have a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License, which is available from DNR and several fishing supply stores. See a list of license vendors.
Recreational harvesters are limited to two U.S. bushels of oysters and one-half bushel of clams in any one day, limited to two calendar days per seven-day period, according to the DNR. There can be up to three personal limits per boat or vehicle. Clams must be at least 1 inch in thickness. See more DNR rules and restrictions.
Commercially harvesting on State Shellfish Grounds requires a commercial saltwater license, a commercial shellfish harvester license, and a permit for the specific State Shellfish Ground. For more details, call 843.953.9301 or 843.953.9311.
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