Save Oyster Shell


Save Oyster Shell logoThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) needs your help–and your oyster shells–to restore native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Donate your empty shells to CBF so we can recycle them into more oyster reefs and repopulate the Bay with more oysters. Oyster shells are literally the foundation of our reef restoration efforts!

Oyster shells are becoming increasingly scarce.  Through CBF's Save Oyster Shell program, shells that would typically be thrown away are saved and used in a variety of oyster restoration projects.

Video  WBAL-TV 11 08/13/12 Oyster Recycling Bins to Help Replenish Population

Spat on an oyster shellYour shells are used as homes for baby oysters (spat) like the shell in the photo. We place your recycled shells in tanks of water with millions of microscopic oyster larvae swimming and attaching to the shells. After a few days the spat-on-shell will be used to build a new oyster bar.

Maryland Public Drop-off Locations

CBF has five shell drop-off locations in Maryland.

SHADY SIDE

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS)
outer parking lot)

ANNAPOLIS

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)

EDGEWATER

South River Water Federation
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2830 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater, MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)

SEVERNA PARK

Starbucks
573 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH

Breezy Point Marina
5230 Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

 

Maryland Participating Restaurants

The following restaurants also participate in CBF's S.O.S program:

Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis, Annapolis
May's Restaurant, Frederick
Stoney's Kingfishers, Solomon's Island

To learn more about CBF's oyster recycling partners in Maryland please visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

To participate or for more program information contact Meghan Hoffman at mhoffman@cbf.org or 410-268-8816.

 

SEVERNA PARK

Starbucks
573 Ritchie Hwy
21146 Severna Park
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)

 

Virginia Public Drop-off Locations

CBF has four shell drop-off locations in Virginia. This program is a partnership between CBF and Keep Norfolk Beautiful.

NORFOLK

Waste Management Facility
(enter to right of building by 
Electronics/Hazardous Household Waste Recycling)
1176 Pineridge Road
(Pineridge is off Azalea Garden and Village Roads. Turn into the first WM Facility entrance, follow the driveway behind the building, and then bear to the right. Shells are collected at the Electronics/Hazardous Household Waste Recycling Center.)
Open for Norfolk residents M-Sat. 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Larchmont Library
6525 Hampton Blvd.
(under the Birdsong Wetlands kiosk)

YORKTOWN

103 Industry Drive
Behind York Bolt off Hampton Hwy-138

WILLIAMSBURG

Near Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
Service road across Route 60 from Parkway Drive
GPS: 37.280507, -76.692713
see map

Virginia Participating Restaurants

The following restaurants also participate in CBF's Save Oyster Shell program:

Berrets, Williamsburg
Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar, Hampton
Le Yaca, Williamsburg
O'Sullivan's, Norfolk
Red Lobster, Newport News
River's Inn, Gloucester Point
Riverwalk, Yorktown
Rosemary & Wine, Gloucester
Yorktown Pub, Yorktown

More Ways to Help

Volunteers are needed to collect shells from Virginia restaurants and drop them off at CBF oyster shell "curing" sites in Colonial Williamsburg and at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science boat basin.

CBF also collects shells from oyster roasts and seafood festivals. We can provide bins and signage to minimize shells mixing with other refuse.

To participate or for more program informationcontact Jackie Shannon at jshannon@cbf.org or 804-832-8804. 

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