May 27, 2020

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay, is currently facing a shortage of oyster shells. Empty oyster shells, that is.

Through its Save Oyster Shells recycling program, CBF collects empty oyster shells from participating restaurants and uses them in a variety of oyster restoration projects. “These empty shells are cleaned and eventually become homes for the baby oysters that attach to them.”

But, with indoor dining in Virginia restaurants still restricted, there is a depleted supply of shells. In 2019, CBF collected 3,000 bushels of empty oyster shells in the state, but it expects 2020 numbers to be lower due to COVID-19.

“With fewer people eating oysters in restaurants, we can’t count on a steady stream of restaurant shells, which have been vital for restoration work. Many people are now enjoying local oysters at home, but don’t forget to recycle those shells,” encouraged CBF Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager Jackie Shannon.

CBF has drop-off bins in across the state. 

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