Mississippi Sound Oyster Shell Recycling Program
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
The purpose of the Mississippi Sound Oyster Shell Recycling Program (Program) is to support the restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region through the collection of discarded oyster shells for cultch placement. This Program is anticipated to enable the collection of discarded oyster shells from restaurants and other venues to increase the available shell supply for reef maintenance and restoration efforts implemented outside of the scope of this project. The Program will include development of an economic sustainability plan and implementation of the pilot oyster shell recycling program. Activities performed under this program (planning activities and pilot program implementation) will provide direction for the state’s future oyster shell recycling efforts. This Program will be administered by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) with The Nature Conservancy as a sub-recipient.