Fetch the oyster knife -- the bivalves are only two weeks away.

The state shellfish season for oysters and clams opens Oct. 1 and is expected to stay open until mid-May, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The grounds open to both commercial and recreational harvesting. The commercial grounds are leased, but 20 shellfish grounds are managed for public use.

The grounds are posted and include areas on the Folly River, Kiawah River and Leadenwah Creek. A license is required, and there are limits to how much can be harvested each day. Contact DNR at 953-9300 or www.dnr.sc.gov, click on "marine" and then "shellfish."