And today they were the happy recipients of four months of oyster shells gathered in just one location in Richmond. "12,000 pounds of oyster shells" may not yet be a song title (as was "thirty thousand pounds of bananas" as sung by Harry Chapin) but this amount matched a prior year's worth of shells from all of CBF's Virginia partners combined.
Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City of Richmond, Tidewater Fiber Corporation ( our local TFC recycling trucks), Virginia Master Naturalist Program, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, Rappahannock River Oyster Company and four Richmond-based restaurants (Rappahannock Restaurant, Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel, Acacia Mid-Town, and Pearl Raw Bar) who collect used oyster shells for this gallant effort. That was a lot of oyster shells NOT going to a landfill.
So spread the word to save your shells. Baby oysters just love to attach to them and continue their lives, filtering water as they grow, Drop off sites in Virginia include:
Virginia Participating Restaurants in CBF Save Oyster Shell program:
Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar, Hampton
Le Yaca, Williamsburg
Red Lobster, Newport News
River's Inn, Gloucester Point
Rosemary & Wine, Gloucester
Yorktown Pub, Yorktown