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 12.6 million pounds of shell and protected over 8,000 feet of shoreline along the coast. This fall, your recycled shells will become a part of our 6th oyster reef in Pointe-au-Chiene Reef.