We turn thousands of bushels of recycled oyster shells each year into habitat for millions of oysters planted in the Bay and its rivers. 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 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 Shells recycling program, shells that would typically be thrown away are saved and used in a variety of oyster restoration projects.
Maryland Public Drop-off Locations
CBF has eight shell drop-off locations in Maryland.
Annapolis Yacht Club
6th St. and Severn, behind the Eastport Shell station
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)
Eastport Yacht Club
317 First Street
Breezy Point Marina
5230 Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Oak Grove Marina
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2820 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater, MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)
5640 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
573 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS) outer parking lot)
Maryland Participating Restaurants
The following restaurants also participate in CBF's Save Oyster Shells program:
Annapolis Yacht Club Clubhouse, Annapolis
Brian Boru Restaurant & Pub, Severna Park
Liberty Road Seafood & Steak, Frederick
May's Restaurant, Frederick
Shuckin' Shack, Frederick
Pirates Cove Restaurant, Galesville
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-482-2174.