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20 Tons of Oyster Shells Collected

Aug 29th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20140607_094850024The Shuck and Share Oyster Recycling Project has recycled over 40,000 pounds of oyster shells so far in 2014! The shells are donated to the project by 11 participating local restaurants, which collect the discarded shells from diners and retain them for the Shuck and Share project.

Rather than dumping the shells into the trash and sending them to the county landfill, the shells are taken to the Marine Discovery Center with the help of WastePro USA. After spending three months in quarantine, the shells are ultimately recycled into oyster photomats and oyster bags used for various shoreline restoration projects in the Indian River Lagoon.

Of the 40,158 pounds of donated shell material, three local restaurants lead the way with the most donated oyster shells. To date, Off the Hook restaurant in New Smyrna Beach has contributed 12,490 pounds of shell, followed by JB’s Fish Camp, with 7,029 pounds and Daytona Beach’s Oyster Pub restaurant with 6,991 pounds.

Using the recycled shells, volunteers and staff at MDC have constructed 1,015 oyster mats and 722 oyster bags to help rebuild reefs and shorelines in Volusia County.

Help assemble oyster bags this Thursday, September 4th from 8am – 11am at MDC. These bags are needed to secure the MDC shoreline as the salt marsh restoration progresses. Be prepared for physical work outdoors with clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, close-toed shoes, water and sunscreen, and a good attitude. No RSVP required.


Lisa D. Mickey