The Littoral Society’s “Shuck It, Don’t Chuck It!” shell recycling program is making great strides this year. Check out what's happening!
We finally found our oyster transport vehicle to boost our shell collection efforts! At the moment, the truck doesn’t look much different than your average Dodge pickup. But work is underway to make it more on brand. Imagine one of our eye-catching Operation Oyster t-shirts on wheels.
Keep an eye on this space for further truck updates.
While the truck may not be fully tricked out, it's already in shell-hauling service. During the month of May, we recycled 530 pounds of shells, which brought our total since the start of this project to more than 56,000 pounds. That’s 28 tons - over half a million shells - that will be used for Littoral Society restoration projects such as living shorelines and oyster reefs.
One Supporter's Contribution
Laura Yoo, of Livonia, Michigan, receives a dozen oysters monthly through a seafood subscription. Instead of contributing to a landfill, this dedicated oyster lover shipped six pounds of shells all the way to our office at Sandy Hook, NJ.
Meet our newest Oyster Wranglers!
We recently gathered a few of our volunteers together to chat about shell recycling, have some fun, and, of course, eat some oysters. Many thanks to our friends at Lusty Lobster for supplying some tasty mollusks!
Click the button below if you'd like to learn more about the volunteer program or are interested in getting involved!
Out and About
If you were on the Asbury Park Boardwalk the morning of April 30, you may have caught a glimpse of our distinctive yellow shirts. We were at the Littoral Society's annual Lobster Run to chat with participants and passersby about the "Shuck It, Don't Chuck It!" shell recycling program and how that fits into the larger goals of re-oystering New Jersey's waters in order to help clean water in our bays, while also protecting the coast from the effects of climate change.
We were also at The Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest, at Victory Park in Rumson, NJ on Saturday, June 4 and dishing out shell-related trivia at The White Chapel Projects on Thursday, June 9.
You can join us - and our friends from the Barnegat Bay Oyster Collective - on Wednesday, June 29 for an evening of food, film and fun on Sandy Hook.
In addition to meeting the oyster farmers and some of our shell recyclers, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and watch The Oyster Farmer. This RSVP-only event will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. at McFly’s On The Hook, located at 53 McNair Road, in the Fort Hancock section of Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit.
Click here for more information about the Oyster Evening or register for the event. Cost is $30 for members of the Littoral Society and $40 for non-members. If you have questions, please contact Littoral Society Education Director Nicole Haines at Nicole.Haines@littoralsociety.org.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
While we couldn't run Operation Oyster and the "Shuck It, Don't Chuck It!" program without the passion and aid of our volunteers, we also need the support of organizations and individuals who provide the material and financial resources that help fuel (literally) our efforts!
Many, many thanks to our sponsors: