Oyster Shell Recycling

Person standing onlarge oyster shell mound and putting shell in a bucket


The Gulf of Mexico Community-based Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Network, to be administered by Restore America’s Estuaries, includes a partnership of six organizations located across the Gulf Coast to advance oyster shell recycling and restoration. PPBEP will serve as a subawardee to continue funding the EscaRosa Oyster Shell Recycling Program for the next three years. Funded in part by Santa Rosa County’s RESTORE Act Direct Component funds and PPBEP’s Community Grant Program, the EscaRosa Oyster Corps, part of Franklin’s Promise Coalition, has provided oyster shell recycling services and workforce development opportunities for young adults in the community for the last three years. Funding from NOAA will ensure program sustainability and support the collection of recycled oyster shells from participating restaurants for use in coastal restoration in Pensacola and Perdido Bays.

Funding: $351,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grant
Partners: Santa Rosa County,Franklin’s Promise, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, Escambia County, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Restore America’s Estuaries
Years: 2024-2026

Stay tuned for updates as this project develops! 


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