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Bagging Oyster Shells to Restore the Inland Bays

Updated: Feb 5, 2019 10:28 PM
By Mallory Metzner


(BETHANY BEACH, Del.) - Volunteers do their part and bag oyster shells to help clean up Delaware's inland bays through restoration project, Don't Chuck Your Shucks.
 
Through this project, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays collects about 4,000 bushels of oyster shells from about 25 local restaurants. They team up with different groups of volunteers several times throughout the winter months and bag the oyster shells. 

Program Manager Bob Collins explains that by giving their empty shells to the project, the restaurants are keeping them out of landfills and sending them to a good cause. "We re-purpose shells from restaurants. There's about 25 in the watershed. We collect the shell, cure it, and put it in a useful project that we can use for restoration activities." 
 
Collins says they hold these bagging events during the winter months because the oysters can get stinky in the summer heat. 



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