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Recycling Oyster Shells: Why and How

Did you know oyster shells are recyclable? More importantly, did you know that oyster shells need to be recycled? In short, oyster larvae are somewhat picky about where they want to settle and prefer oyster shells over anything else. With the natural oyster population dwindling, there are fewer shells available for larvae to settle on. By strategically putting oyster shells back into the rivers and the bay, we’re creating protected places for natural oysters to rebuild their population and clean the waters of the Chesapeake Bay as a result. The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance has a list of drop sites here. You can also check with Friends of the Rappahannock and the VCU Rice Rivers Center. If nothing else, we will take back your...

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