In 2009, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute and College of Science and Engineering created a program for recycling oyster shells entitled Sink Your Shucks. And on August 16, the program celebrated its millionth pound of recycled oyster shells.
Sink Your Shucks is the first recycling program in the State of Texas to reintroduce recycled oyster shells into local waters to provide hard bottoms to create new reefs and habitat for fish, crabs and other organisms.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times has more:
A missing trailer being replaced and the millionth-pound milestone for an oyster shell recycling program were celebrated at an event Tuesday.
"Sink Your Shucks," an oyster recycling program managed by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute and College of Science and Engineering, celebrated its millionth pound of recycled oyster shells. And after a trailer used by university students to transport the shells was stolen earlier this year, Groomer's Seafood donated a replacement. The trailer was ceremoniously broken in at the event when organizers poured in the first eight buckets of shucked oysters.
Groomer's Seafood is among several businesses that contribute shells to the recycling program, but it is the only seafood wholesale supplier that contributes.