The last weekend of September was all about oysters at the American Littoral Society.
Society staff attended festivals in Asbury Park and Red Bank at which we recycled shucked oyster shells by the bucket full.
On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, we were at AsburyFest talking about the Society's Operation Oyster work, including our "Shuck It, Don't Chuck It" oyster shell recycling program, as well as how those shells are being used to help restore bays, estuaries and beaches in New Jersey.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, we pitched our tent at the Red Bank Guinness & Oyster Fest for a crazy day of talking about our work in the Two Rivers area, while collecting the shells from about 8,000 oysters consumed by festival attendees.
Shells collected from those events pushed our total shell collected this year from participating restaurants to nearly five tons. The recycled shell is trucked to our curing site on Sandy Hook, where they spend about a year in the sun before being used for living shoreline and reef projects around NJ.
Click here to learn more about our shell recycling program, Operation Oyster, and reef building projects.
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