Longs man arrested for illegally harvesting clams in HC

Glenn Deron Livingston

A Longs man was arrested over the weekend for illegally harvesting clams in closed waters of Horry County.

According to J. Reuben Long Detention Center's website, Glenn Deron Livingston was booked at 7:42 p.m. on Friday.

The Department of Natural Resources says Livingston was stopped by officers with the Department of Health and Environmental Control in Cherry Grove and the two departments worked together in the arrest.

Harvesting clams or oysters in Horry County has been illegal for more than 20 years because of bacteria in the water. "If you do it, you're going to get sick," DNR 1st Sergeant Joe Ard said. "Once or twice a month we'll find someone trying to get them, but DHEC puts out signs that you can't do it. Where this individual was clamming, there were at least five signs," Ard added.

Ard said many people who break the law are caught at low tide when they're able to reach them.