New oyster shell recycling program announcedJul 8th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: community
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Shell Oil Company are proud to announce the creation of the first oyster shell recycling program in Louisiana. The Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program, to be managed by CRCL, is made possible by a $1 million philanthropic gift from Shell Oil Company.
The goal of the program is to return oyster shells used in New Orleans area restaurants to coastal waters in Louisiana. This is the first formal program that will allow restaurants in Louisiana to recycle shells. CRCL’s oyster shell recycling program will recover these shells, take them to a collection site for curing, then return the oyster shells to coastal waters. The recycled shell will be used to revitalize oyster beds in public seed areas and serve as material for coastal restoration projects.
The Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program is currently working with Drago’s restaurant and Acme Oyster House, and hopes to expand the program to other restaurants as the program continues to grow.
“We are very excited to embark on this program, which expands CRCL’s mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana,” said CRCL Executive Director Steven Peyronnin. “Oyster shell is a naturally created and valuable material that should be returned to the coast, where it can serve as a foundation for reefs and as cultch for more oysters. This type of program has succeeded in other states, and we look forward to piloting this program for coastal Louisiana. We are very grateful for Shell’s generosity and leadership in getting the Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program off the ground. This is a program that is already generating a very positive response from restaurants, the state of Louisiana and local citizens.”
“As an energy company striving to meet the growing demand for domestic energy, Shell recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to the environment where we work and making the most of the natural resources we have,” said Derek Newberry, Shell Oil Company’s Mars B Development Business Manager.”This is one of the reasons Shell is proud to partner with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program.”
CRCL has an initial goal of beginning oyster shell collection by fall of 2013.
For more information about this program, contact CRCL Director of Communications Scott Madere at 225.767.4181, 1.888.LA.COAST or email@example.com.