Oyster Lovers

You Love Oysters. We Love Oysters.

Here’s how to help us help the oysters of the Chesapeake Bay:

Open a shell and enjoy.

That’s right. We want people eating oysters. ORP supports the economic and cultural importance of oysters, as well as the environmental benefits they provide to the Chesapeake Bay. So click below to learn how to shuck an oyster.

Oysters are naturally low in fat and high in essential vitamins and minerals, including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C. The below chart is for about six medium oysters.


2. Recycle oyster shell.

Oyster shell is the best substance for raising baby oysters in our hatchery, so recycling shell is vital to resoration. Click here for public shell recycling locations. Maryland provides tax credits for oyster recycling. Click here to learn more about the tax advantages of shell recycling.

3. Support other oyster lovers.

We urge you to support ORP’s Shell Reclycling Alliance, businesses that love oysters as much as we do. Click here for oyster-loving restaurants and seafood dealers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

4. Support our restoration efforts.

ORP is doing lots of important research and restoration. One of our most exciting current efforts in happening in Harris Creek, the largest oyster restoration effort on the East Coast. Click here for details on this project.

5. Learn more about oysters.

Did you know oysters are meatier in months with an r? Did you know oysters can change their sex? Click here to learn more about oysters. You can also learn about us by subscribing to our free bi-monthly e-newsletter, where we share oyster news, events and recipes. Sign up on the right side of this page.

6. Help us continue our important work.

At ORP, more than 95 percent of all donations go directly to oyster restoration. That’s means every dollar puts more oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to donate to our important work.

Oyster Recovery Partnership: Restoring Our Oyster. Cleaning Our Bay. Preserving Our Future.