Looks what’s going on the Gulf Coast with the Alabama Coastal Foundation! Oyster Shells are being recycled by local restaurants in Baldwin County to rebuild new oyster reefs. Recycled oysters are returned to the bay to create new reefs and continue the natural cycle oysters need to survive and reproduce. The larvae of oysters actually attaches itself to the oyster shells as spat and then they grow up to be adult oysters.
Already, Alabama has spent close to 6 million dollars in the past three years just to purchase recycled oysters. The idea is to cut the cost by more than half. A federal grant is kicking off the program and they expect it to be self-sustained after two years.