CRCL established the Oyster Shell Recycling Program (OSRP) in 2014 to keep shell out of landfills and slow coastal land loss. In partnership with New Orleans-area restaurants and our legion of volunteers, we collect oyster shells to restore reefs that help protect Louisiana’s eroding coastline. Since starting the program in 2014, we have recycled more than 13 million pounds of shell and protected over 8,000 feet of shoreline along the coast.

100% of the shell is returned to Louisiana waters. Your shells will become part of our upcoming reef in Plaquemines Parish. The reefs enhance local fisheries, reduce shoreline erosion as much as 50%, and help protect irreplaceable cultural heritage sites.