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Oyster Shells to Help Protect One of Louisiana’s Historic Sites

Oysters are a way of life in Louisiana, and for the Pointe-Au-Chien Indian Tribe, the shells will help preserve their culture.

In partnership with the Tribe, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program installed its second living shoreline in Pointe-Aux-Chenes this Spring. The reef will help to protect the Tribe’s culturally valuable and significantly historic mound complex from disappearing.

Entirely made from shells recycled by our 19 New Orleans restaurant partners, it took ten truckloads to move 200 tons of shells. That’s approximately 400,000 pounds of the recycled oyster shell! The recycled shell will be used to form a barrier a barrier to protect this culturally significant site from erosion and sea level rise.

Our first reef has proven to decrease erosion in the Biloxi Marsh, and we expect the second reef will do the same will do the same in Pointe-Aux-Chenes.

“The Pointe-au-Chien Tribe was considering different options for protecting this site, and we’re so glad that our oyster shells ended up being the method of choice to get the job done,” said CRCL Coastal Scientist Christa Russell. “Our first reef made real impacts. We’re excited to partner with the Tribe to build our next reef, and to connect the incredible work our volunteers do to sustaining Louisiana’s coastal history and culture.”

Without our incredible team of volunteers this project would not have been possible. These rock stars bagged and prepared over 200 tons of oyster shell, before shipping. It was inspiring to see so many volunteers work together to achieve such great results.

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