The Oyster Recovery Partnership’s shell recycling program collected 36,000 bushels of oyster shells from hundreds of seafood businesses throughout the Chesapeake Bay in 2019.
“This year we celebrate a decade-long partnership with local businesses dedicated to Chesapeake Bay stewardship and the conservation of our cherished oyster,” said ORP Executive Director Ward Slacum. “Thanks to their steadfast support, the Shell Recycling Alliance has 340 members supplying enough shell to rebuild hundreds of acres of oyster reef annually.”
Since the Shell Recycling Alliance’s launch in 2010, ORP has reclaimed 213,000 bushels of shell, which equates to 7,400 tons kept out of area landfills, approximately $350,000 saved by local businesses in waste collection fees, and enough substrate to support the planting of 1 billion spat on shell in local waters. The program is the nation’s largest shell recycling network with approximately 340 member businesses.