Shell Collection

2 volunteers with bags of shells copy
curing shells at landfill COVID
Amelia&othersShoveling shells
DonBoyer
Felix transporting cages
Grp shot with truck_shells (BD_MC_Felix_Stefanie_Diaz)
grp shot shell collectors
bagged oysters
Char Shell Collecting
IMG_20190715_1832063 copy
grp shot bagging and pinning copy
Heike&BBD
CarlS_volunteer with oyster bags
IMG_20190805_1807223 copy
Maria&shells copy
Peter wth oyster cage
PeterBags of Shells
oysters on dock copy
shell pile at landfill
Stephanie with stinky oyster shells
Stephanie_Mike_Maria flag
survey along rocks
Vols pinning bag of shells copy
Vol shoveling shells into bag copy
Orion_Peter on truck
2 volunteers with bags of shells copy curing shells at landfill COVID Amelia&othersShoveling shells DonBoyer Felix transporting cages Grp shot with truck_shells (BD_MC_Felix_Stefanie_Diaz) grp shot shell collectors bagged oysters Char Shell Collecting IMG_20190715_1832063 copy grp shot bagging and pinning copy Heike&BBD CarlS_volunteer with oyster bags IMG_20190805_1807223 copy Maria&shells copy Peter wth oyster cage PeterBags of Shells oysters on dock copy shell pile at landfill Stephanie with stinky oyster shells Stephanie_Mike_Maria flag survey along rocks Vols pinning bag of shells copy Vol shoveling shells into bag copy Orion_Peter on truck

Discarded oyster and hard-shell clam shells are collected from City Island restaurants to be cured for one year before being used in the CIOR oyster reef restoration.
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Restaurant staff separates the shells from other waste and places them in 32-gallon bins, which are then transported by CIOR volunteers to a designated curing site supervised by the Billion Oyster Project’s Shell Collection Network. All foreign and unnatural debris is removed from the shells before they are placed on the grass-covered soil on top of one another to a height of 2 feet. Once a month, the shells are turned over by shovels in order to provide sufficient airflow. No chemicals are used in the curing process. The curing process takes at least 12 months.

The restaurants now providing shells include Johnny’s Reef, Tony’s Pier, Sammy’s Shrimp Box, Seafood City, Seashore, Lobster House, and the Harlem Yacht Club.