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Chespeake Bay Foundation's Save Oyster Shell program just keeps growing. Since 2010 CBF's oyster team in Maryland has been recycling oyster shells. Shell is a limited resource and as restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay continue to grow, recycling every shell matters.

CBF's Maryland Save Oyster Shell (SOS) program targets individuals who eat oysters and smaller communtiy oyster roasts. In the past three years the program has expanded from one site at our Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD to four drop off locations and two particpating resturants. Each year our success continues to grow through the enthusiam of the volunteers that are the backbone of this program. 

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Just before the holidays the oyster collection bin outside CBF' headquarters in Annapolis was full, it was emptied one last time for the year in a effort to calculate how much shell the program recycled in 2012. Nearly doubling last years effort, our volunteers helped recycle 344 bushels of oyster shells. If that wasn't a good enough suprise in itself, what happened next blew our minds away.

In the span, just shy of a week beteween Christmas and New Year's, the bin at headquarters went from completely empty to over full! What a way to start the new year. I am happy to report just as I was placing the finishing touches on this blog an email came through that bin located in Severna Park, MD is full as well. Hip Hip Hooray! 2013 off to a great start already. To learn more about CBF's Save Oyster Shell program please visit, http://www.cbf.org/how-we-save-the-bay/programs-initiatives/virginia/oyster-restoration/save-oyster-shell . If you have an questions or want to volunteer please contact cthomas@cbf.org. 

 

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-Article and Photos by CBF Staff, Meghan Hoffman

 

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