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Oyster Shell Recycling Program

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 provided the funding as a part of the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program.


Oyster shells collected through this program are going 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 ACF has  under our involvement with the Create a Clean Water Future Campaign.


In addition, all participating restaurants are now members of the Green Coast Council, a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles. 


The program was 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 now open to all restaurants in coastal Alabama. Please take a moment to thank participating restaurants by visiting them and posting on their social media.


To ensure the success of this project, ACF has formed an Advisory Committee. To see who has agreed to serve, please click here to download the list of Advisory Council members.


To view the infographic created for this program, please click here.


Click here to visit the FAQ page to learn more about this exciting new program!

To purchase a locally-made T Shirt that benefits the program, or to view photos of art made by local artists out of oyster shells, click here!

Program Statistics
as of 7/10/2024

  • Shells Collected: 23,941,097

  • Acres of Coverage: 60.5

  • Weight equal to # of elephants: 501

  • Weight equal to # of manatees: 6,017

  • Number of dump trucks filled: 378.1

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