CRCL’s Recycled Oyster Shell to do More than Slow Erosion

CRCL has been awarded a grant to use recycled oyster shell from our Oyster Shell Recycling Program in a unique way. Not only will we create a new living shore line in Terrebonne Parish, but we will also help protect a culturally sensitive Native American site of the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe that is threatened by sea level rise and erosion.

The Pointe-au-Chien Tribe, located in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, maintains a lifestyle and customs tailored for and by the forces of nature. Preserving tribal history is a key factor in maintaining cultural resilience as it contributes to a sense of place and social cohesiveness. The grant is being awarded by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) in partnership with Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

CRCL will use the $45,000 from GOMA and matching funds from Lafourche Parish for engineering services, expert consultants, materials, and transportation expenses to install an oyster bed that will protect these incredibly important cultural resources.

“CRCL is pleased to see our recycled shell being used for a project that is both important to the local community and to the coast,” said Dr. Deborah Visco Abibou, CRCL’s Restoration Programs Director. “The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe has been a driving force for securing protection for this site. We expect this bed of oyster cultch to create habitat for new, living oysters to settle onto and grow, making this a self-maintaining shoreline protection structure.”

Our Oyster Shell Recycling Program involves 15 participating restaurants. Visit them for a simple delicious —and now culturally significant way— to restore our coast.

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