Why REcycle oysters?

Oyster shell is essential to restoring our coast.

  • Oyster are an incredible natural resource! Living oysters and oyster reefs help improve water quality, provide fishing habitat, support the local economy and help protect shoreline by breaking waves.
  • Oyster shell is the best nursery for oyster larvae.
  • Louisiana produces approximately one-third of the nation’s oysters.
  • Louisiana currently experiences a shell deficit – most shell removed from the coast is not returned. While oyster harvesters, fishing communities and some processors have returned shells to the water for centuries, oysters that are consumed in restaurants often end up in landfills. CRCL provides restaurants and residents the opportunity to participate in the longstanding tradition of returning the shell to the water.
Shell is collected from OSRP Restaurants