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Jellyfish Rules: Beaufort County tightens rules for fledgling jellyfish industry

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BEAUFORT, South Carolina — Beaufort County Council has approved new rules regulating the fledgling jellyfish processing industry in the county.

Local media outlets report the rules were approved by council Monday amid concerns by some that the regulations are too vague.

The rules require more county review before companies can unload, rinse, and process jellyfish. Those companies will also have to include documents on the impacts their operations have on the environment, on traffic and on the community.

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

Some residents worry the operation will hurt water quality where the jellyfish are processed.

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