Shell Recycling Programs

Martin and St. Lucie Counties

Stuart and Port St. Lucie:  Shell recycling is underway at local restaurants and volunteer based shell bagging and planting are designed to help restore the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.  Martin County has one contractor that picks up the shell.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance in Walton County, Fla., works to create oyster reefs along the bay shoreline.

Brevard, Flagler, Martin, Orange, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties 

The Shuck & Share Oyster Recycling Program has expanded to 6 counties along Florida’s east coast, involves more than a dozen partners and nearly 50 restaurants. The program focuses works to assist in larger shoreline and oyster restoration projects while involving hundreds of community volunteers in the collection, creation and distribution of restoration materials.


Keep Pensacola Beautiful and FDEP collect shells from area restaurants.  Offer Your Shell to Enhance Resotration (OYSTER).  In 2011-2012, 99 tons of shell were recycled. www.cleanandgreen.org


Oyster Restoration Projects

New Smyrna Beach

Volunteers helped make oyster mats for the Indian River Lagoon.  The oyster reef restoration project is a partnership coordinated by The Nature Conservancy, UCF, and Brevard Zoo.  It is funded by IRL National Estuary Program, TNC-NOAA, Disney’s Friends for Change, USFWS and private funds. Website: IRL Brevard County


Naples Bay: Two reef sites were constructed in 2005 by FGCU.

Henderson Creek: Five reef sites were constructed between 2003 and 2004.


Estero Bay: Five reef sites were constructed between 2003 and 2006.

Caloosahatchee River & Estuary

Ft. Myers: Eight reef sites have been constructed since 2003.


Keep Pensacola Beautiful (and partners) built 22 oyster beds in 2011-2012 and will build 75 more in 2012-2013. www.cleanandgreen.org


Through the combined efforts of NOAA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009, and Martin County, 29 acres of reef were planted in the St. Lucie River in 2010 and another four in 2013. oysterrestoration.com

Panama City

Apalachicola Bay: Through the NFWF Gulf Environmental Fund (about $4 million), “enhancing 18 acres and improving management of about 3,000 acres.  Projects will commence in summer 2014. Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration

Ponte Vedra

A small-scale recycling and restoration project came into fruition in 2012.  This program restored living shorelines, oyster reefs and benthic habitats with local restaurants participated in recycling efforts. gtmnerr.org/Oyster-Reef-Restoration-Project.php