Save Oyster Shell


Save Oyster Shell logoThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) needs your help–and your oyster shells–to restore native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Donate your empty shells to CBF so we can recycle them into more oyster reefs and repopulate the Bay with more oysters. Oyster shells are literally the foundation of our reef restoration efforts!

We use thousands of bushels of recycled oyster shells each year. Once the recycled shells are cleaned and cured, CBF places them in huge water tanks containing millions of microscopic oyster larvae, which then attach to the shells. On average, each recycled shell can become home to dozens of those baby oysters, called spat. CBF provides the the spat-on-shell to its oyster gardeners and plants them in rivers and the Bay to grow and expand oyster reefs.

Oyster shells are becoming increasingly scarce.  Through the Save Oyster Shell recycling program, shells that would typically be thrown away are saved and used in a variety of oyster restoration projects.

Video  WBAL-TV 11 08/13/12 Oyster Recycling Bins to Help Replenish Population

Spat on an oyster shellYour shells are used as homes for baby oysters (spat) like the shell in the photo. We place your recycled shells in tanks of water with millions of microscopic oyster larvae swimming and attaching to the shells. After a few days the spat-on-shell will be used to build a new oyster bar.

Maryland Public Drop-off Locations

CBF has seven shell drop-off locations in Maryland.

SHADY SIDE

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS)
outer parking lot)

ANNAPOLIS

Annapolis Yacht Club
Sailing Center
6th St. and Severn, behind the Eastport Shell station
Eastport, MD

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)

EDGEWATER

Oak Grove Marina
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2820 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater, MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)

SEVERNA PARK

Brian Boru Restaurant & Pub
489 Ritchie Highway #103
Severna Park, MD 21146

Starbucks
573 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH

Breezy Point Marina
5230 Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

 

Maryland Participating Restaurants

The following restaurants also participate in CBF's S.O.S program:

Annapolis Yacht Club Clubhouse, Annapolis
Brian Boru,
Severna Park
Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis
, Annapolis
Fish Whistle
, Chestertown
Liberty Road Seafood & Steak, Frederick
May's Restaurant, Frederick

To learn more about CBF's oyster recycling partners in Maryland please visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

To learn more about how you can become involved in the oyster shell recycling program please contact Dan Johannes at djohannes@cbf.org or 443-482-2174 or Kellie Rogers at krogers@cbf.org or 443-482-2081.

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