Oyster Shell Recycling Program Helps Restore Gulf Shellfish Habitats
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UNITED STATESThursday, January 11, 2018Oysters are a staple in coastal cuisine, and millions get consumed each yea

 

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

Oysters are a staple in coastal cuisine, and millions get consumed each year in Alabama—but it’s the shells that get left behind.

For decades local chefs and environmentalists have been discussing how to re-use those shells instead of just tossing them in the trash.

Then in 2015 Chris Sherrill, executive chef of Flora-Bama Yacht Club in Perdido Key, and members of the nonprofit Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) came up with a clever plan to recycle them: They would collect the shells from restaurants and then dump them into the Gulf of Mexico, where they can help prevent shoreline erosion and build new habitats for shellfish.

In 2016 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation gave ACF a grant to make the Oyster Shell Recycling Program a reality.

BY MAGGIE FERGUSON / edibleloweralabama | Read full story here


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