Proceeds will go directly to our Oyster Shell Recycling Program, marking the first step in expanding into Houston’s Inner Loop. Bringing shell recycling to a larger region, Galveston Bay Foundation aims to have enough oyster shells “in stock” to allow for ongoing reef restoration efforts for years to come.
Our Oyster Shell Recycling Program promotes a sustainable Eastern oyster population by returning shucked oyster shells from local restaurants back to Galveston Bay to restore native oyster habitat. The Oyster Shell Recycling Program preserves a valuable resource while providing partnership opportunities and hands-on volunteer opportunities for schools, Scouts, and other groups seeking community service and research. By returning shucked oyster shells to Galveston Bay, the Galveston Bay Foundation is working to ensure a healthy oyster population for all to enjoy!
Managing this program since 2011, the Galveston Bay Foundation has collected over 1,000 tons (2 million pounds) of oyster shells to date. More than half of these recycled shells have been incorporated in oyster reef restoration projects, and the remaining shells will be returned to the bay in the next three to five years.
Galveston Bay Foundation's mission is to preserve and protect Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come.