Beaufort County moving to tighten regulations on jellyfish industry

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BEAUFORT, South Carolina — Beaufort County is moving to tighten its regulations on the fledgling jellyfish industry.

The county planning commission approved a zoning change Monday requiring more review for companies that unload, process and ship jellyfish, The Beaufort Gazette ( ) reported. 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 doing business under the names Millenarian Trading Co. and Carolina Jelly Balls 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.

Problems such as contamination, traffic, smell or other concerns could occur later, commission member Carolyn Davis said.

"If we don't do something now, it's going to be too late later on, when we start seeing those long-term effects," Davis said.

Another meeting on the proposal is scheduled Thursday afternoon.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

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