COLUMBIA -- The 2017-18 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels and other bivalves) in coastal waters of South Carolina will open one-half hour before official sunrise on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2018, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season.
The recreational season opening has been delayed for two weeks due to water quality impacts from Hurricane Irma. When the season opens Oct. 15, it will be important for harvesters to check with the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) to verify whether any closures remain in effect.
This information is available at 1-800-285-1618 and can be viewed on an interactive map at the DHEC website. DHEC will use these resources and your local newspaper throughout the year to announce temporary closures due to unusual rain events or spills.