Marc Stevens, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225-412-1707,

CRCL Receives $125,000 from Wildlife Conservation Society

Award will help CRCL build a Living Shoreline from Recycled Oyster Shells

(Baton Rouge — May 3, 2019) The Wildlife Conversation Society has announced the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana as a recipient of a $125,000 award. CRCL is one of 13 nonprofit organizations to receive new grants to implement on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. The grant will help CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program build its third living shoreline oyster reef.  The newest reef will be installed in Barataria Bay and will be a half mile long (or 2,600 feet) and use approximately 800 tons of oyster shells recycled through our 19 partner restaurants in New Orleans.

Our first reef was installed in the Biloxi Marsh in November of 2016 and the second was built in Pointe-Aux-Chenes in April 2019. CRCL monitoring shows that the Biloxi Marsh project has already reduced erosion behind the reef compared to nearby area without protection. We use oyster shells because, under the right conditions, shells can keep up with sea level rise, and spat (baby oysters) like to settle on hard surfaces, so reusing shells encourages further growth.

“Long ago Louisiana’s coast was protected by an abundance of oyster reefs.  We’re rebuilding some of that natural protection,” said CRCL Executive Director Kim Reyher. “The program is a win-win-win.  Our recycled oyster reefs slow down land loss and protect our coastal land.  Restaurants keep oyster shells out of landfills.  The volunteers who then help us build the reefs have fun and learn about the critical need for coastal restoration.”

These grants are made possible through the award-winning Climate Adaptation Fund, part of WCS’s Conservation Solutions division, which provides a total of $2.5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation nonprofit organizations annually. Other award recipients span a number of geographies and a variety of ecosystems, from the Alaskan arctic to the Palmyra Atoll south of the Hawaiian Islands, impacting species far and wide. Information obtained from these projects will help conservation specialists better understand the effects of climate change on a range of habitats, as well as making adaptation strategies more accessible through tangible examples. This project is also sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Shell.


About CRCL:
CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization driving bold, science-based action to restore coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration, and advocacy. CRCL was founded in 1988 and is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive coastal restoration organization. Visit

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