North Carolina

Shell Recycling Programs


The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries runs a statewide program that offers a tax credit ($1/bushel).  It maintains a list of about 75 restaurants that recycle shell, broken down by county.  The state also has participating landfills for obtaining weight ticket receipts for the tax credit.  The state also implemented a ban on oyster shells in the dumpsters.

Websites: Homepage

PenderWatch & Conservancy, a grass roots non-profit conservation group dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the environment in eastern Pender County, N.C., has been involved in shell recycling and placement for 10 years.


Oyster Restoration Projects

Belhaven: Restoration on 47 acres using limestone marl as substrate.  North Carolina Coastal Federation

Nag’s Head

Beacon Island (Central Coast)

Jones Island (Central Coast)

Hoop Pole Creek, Atlantic Beach

Williston Creek, Williston

Permuda Island, Surf City

Morris Landing, Surf City (Onslow & Pender Counties)

Stump Sounds and New River

Myrtlegrove Sound & Hewletts & Bradley Creeks

Lockwood Folly River

Also, Shellfish Gardeners of NC, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP funds the citizen’s oyster gardening program for Albemarle-Pamlico area),  Spat Monitoring (UNCW and Sea Grant).