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Our Coast

Louisiana’s Barataria Basin has experienced some of the highest rates of land loss on the planet: Between 1932 to 2016, the region lost nearly 295,000 acres of land, displacing communities, threatening critical infrastructure and jobs, and decimating formerly diverse and abundant wildlife habitat.

Hey New Orleans! Recycle your oysters here! 

If you are in the New Orleans area and love oysters, we have great news for you: We now have a permanent site for residents to drop off shells for recycling. They can be brought to Glass Half Full at 3936 Louisa Street from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are also pleased to report that Glass Half Full has told us that shell drop-off was brisk on Saturday, the day after Shell-A-Bration.

Shell-A-Bration 2021

CRCL hosted its very first virtual Shell-A-Bration event on Friday, February 5, 2021. The 3rd annual event received a lot of attention and had guests attending from 18 states including Alaska and Hawaii. More than 100 guests were entertained by Sweet Crude, an oyster shucking class, and oyster shuck off, and more!  Shell-A-Bration is a community event dedicated to raising awareness and engagement for the organization’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program..

This video showcases how the  Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana's Oyster Shell Recycling Program uses a resources that might otherwise end up in landfills to prevent coastal erosion and create habitat for new oysters

The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), National Audubon Society, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) are proud to release a virtual tour highlighting the significance of a healthy coast as part of a healthy community. Told through local voices, the tour examines key areas and infrastructure surrounding the Lower 9th Ward community that have a direct role in providing protection from damaging winds and water driven by tropical storms and hurricanes.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has postponed its State of the Coast conference, which had been scheduled for May 2020, until 2021 because of concerns surrounding COVID-19. The premier gathering for coastal restoration in Louisiana will take place June 2 to 4, 2021. The conference will be virtual.

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Shell Recycling Restaurants!

This time-lapse video shows dramatic changes to the shoreline in Lake Athanasio in the Biloxi Marsh. Over the course of a year, the installation of our living shoreline reef slows the erosion rate by nearly half compared to an area close by without one.

The state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan consists of 120 different restoration projects across the Louisiana coast. All projects are valuable to decreasing land loss, but certain projects can have broader impacts. CRCL highlights several key restoration projects that are critical to slowing this land loss.  

"The Louisiana coast is our future. We can’t keep losing so much each year.  We have to stand up and do something about it."

—Devin Ferguson, Age 18, West Feliciana High School

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana


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