Local Restaurant Shell Recycling Program Aims to Expand in 2018

Rehoboth Beach – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” shellfish recycling program is gearing up for another tasty season. Fresh off the success of 2017, where the program collected 4000 bushels of shell from 25 restaurants, the Center aims to bring even more local restaurants on board!

A partnership between the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and local restaurants, this program collects discarded oyster shell for use in oyster restoration projects in the Inland Bays!

Residents and visitors can help by visiting one of participating restaurant partners and ordering a dozen (or more) oysters or clams. In addition to treating yourself, you will also be helping to improve aquatic habitat. There is no tastier way to help the Bays! A full list of participating restaurants is available at www.inlandbays.org/shucks

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is in the process implementing a Shellfish Enhancement plan for the Rehoboth, Indian River, and Little Assawoman Bays. This plan will implement projects that make use of the DCYS program’s recycled shell material. These projects include Living Shorelines, Oyster Gardens, and projects that mimic oyster reefs to provide habitat for many species, including finfish.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994, and is one of 28 National Estuary Programs. With its many partners, the CIB works to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays—the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them. For more information call Amy Barra at (302) 226-8105 x 103, send an email to abarra@inlandbays.org or, visit our website: www.inlandbays.org