Oyster recycling heads to the Big Easy

Oyster recycling heads to the Big Easy

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Some New Orleans area restaurants are starting to recover oysters sold and consumed and returning them to Louisiana coastal waterways under a new pilot program.

The Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program is working with New Orleans restaurants to collect shells to return to Pelican State coastal waters.

"Oyster shell is a naturally-created and valuable material that should be returned to the coast, where it can serve as a foundation for reefs and as cultch for more oysters," said Steven Peyronnin, the executive director of the Baton Rouge-based nonprofit organization Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to The Times-Picayune. "This type of program has succeeded in other states, and we look forward to piloting this program for coastal Louisiana.''

The coalition, and the oyster shell recovery program, is being funded by a $1 million donation from the Shell Oil Company.

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