Beaufort County moving to tighten jellyfish rules

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County is moving to tighten its regulations on the fledgling jellyfish industry.

The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) that the county planning commission approved a zoning change Monday requiring more review for companies that unload, process and ship jellyfish. The changes must be approved by the county council

A local company wants to catch cannonball jellyfish, take them to St. Helena Island and process them at a plant across the county in Lobeco. Jellyfish are considered a delicacy in Asia

The Department of Health and Environmental Control ran tests at the dock last spring and found untreated wastewater would violate state water quality standards. The company needs a state permit for the project.

Commission members said they passed the zoning change to protect the county's water and quality of life.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

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