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Oyster Shell Recycling Program

From Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Launched in June 2014, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program recycles shell from participating New Orleans-based restaurants and uses that shell to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across Coastal Louisiana.

This is the first program of its kind in Louisiana and in its pilot year, it has become the largest shell recycling program in the nation.

As of December 2015, the program has collected more than 1535 tons of shell.

Twenty-five Participating Restaurants
Arnaud’s Restaurant • Acme Oyster House (New Orleans and Metairie locations) • Borgne
Bourbon House • Café B • Cooter Brown’s Tavern and Oyster Bar
Curious Oyster Bar (Dryades Public Market)• Drago’s (New Orleans and Metairie locations)
Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta • Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar • Frankie and Johnny’s
Grand Isle Restaurant • Le Bayou • Lüke • Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House (New Orleans and Metairie)
Remoulade • Pascal’s Manale • Peche Seafood • Pier 424 Seafood Market • Red Fish Grill
Elysian Seafood (St. Roch Market) • The Royal House


Total Tons Collected Since June 2014

Total Tons Collected In 2015

Total Tons Collected In 2016


♦Why recycle oyster shell?

Oysters and oyster reefs help improve water quality, provide ideal fish habitat, buffer against storm surge, and support the local economy.

Louisiana produces approximately one third of the nation’s oysters 

Louisiana currently experiences a 60% shell deficit – in that the majority of shell removed from the coast is not returned to coastal waters.

♦ How will the shell be used?

CRCL Volunteers will bag and deploy shell along eroding shorelines to help protect shorelines and build reefs.

Shell will be donated to facilitate the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries oyster reef aquaculture research.

Shell is collected by local recycling company, Phoenix Recycling.

The program is expanding! CRCL is recruiting more New Orleans restaurants interested in recycling shell with collection set to begin this summer.

Once you shuck 'em, Don't just chuck 'em!

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