Monday, April 5, 2010

Oyster shell recycling from restaurants in Maryland

One of our volunteers sent in this link to a news story where restaurants are saving their oyster shells for use in restoring oysters to the Chesapeake. Oyster shell provides a medium for the very young free floating oyster spat to latch on to. (One of the ways we check for reproduction is by hanging shell near our oysters to see if we are getting spat settlement.) There is some suspicion that the Chesapeake may be suffering from a lack of this shell medium as spat may not find a place to settle.

MOP is a ways from developing such a program as part of our oyster restoration effots, but with the initiative of Rob, we are beginning to explore this idea with various regulatory authorities. Oyster Shell Recycling Program

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