In August 2016, the Alabama Coastal Foundation received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to establish an oyster shell recycling program for local restaurants! NFWF is providing the funding for this project as a part of the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program.
Oyster shells that are collected through this program will go back into Alabama waters to help more oysters grow, provide habitat, limit erosion and improve water quality. This program is one of the activities that we have under our involvement with the Create a Clean Water Future Campaign.
In addition all participating restaurants become members of the Green Coast Council, which is a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles.
The program is set up in phases starting with the Causeway Route (Fall 2016) and the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Route (Spring 2017) for Phase 2. After that, the program is open to all restaurants in coastal Alabama. Please take a moment to thank the participating restaurants by visiting them and posting on their social media.