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News Release

Broad Creek Water Quality Deemed Good for Shellfish Harvesting

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

Broad Creek, located in the Town of Hilton Head Island, received an approval rating for water quality based on water monitoring conducted recently by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

"Data indicate that the quality of the water is good for shellfish harvesting along all sections of Broad Creek, except for marinas," said Brian Eber, storm water quality administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island.

The season for wild shellfish (clams, oysters and other molluscan bivalves) harvesting opened on October 1. DHEC conducts routine bacteriological monitoring of water quality to determine where it is safe to harvest shellfish. The primary goal is to ensure that shellfish (oysters, clams, and mussels) and the areas from which they are harvested meet the health and environmental quality standards provided by federal guidelines and state regulations.

"Since 1998 Broad Creek has seen most of its water quality listing improve from restricted to approved for shellfish harvesting. This is generally a sign of very good water quality," Eber said.

Commercial harvesting at Station 20-18 to 20-25 on Broad Creek are still temporarily restricted. Town staff will work with DHEC to continue monitoring the quality of all water bodies throughout the Island.

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's Beaufort Environmental Affairs Office at 843-846-1030 or visit www.scdhec.gov/shellfish.

Attachment: Shellfish Map