oyster shells

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Beginning in June the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will be partnering with local restaurants to collect oyster shells for recycling.

The center has been awarded a $23-thousand grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to recycle the shells for the “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” program aimed at restoration projects along the inland bays.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Center hopes to recycle as many as 10-thousand pounds of shells per week during the peak summer season.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - About 12,000 pounds of oyster shells are heading back to the Virginia waters from where they came.

More than 150 bushels of shells will be collected in Richmond on Friday and delivered to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Oyster Restoration Center in Gloucester Point. They'll be used to build oyster reefs and other restoration projects.

Oyster shells have become scarce because of the bay's much-diminished oyster population. They are critically needed to create platforms to restore one of the bay's signature catches.