Save those Oyster Shells for Restoration!

Having an Oyster Roast or Clam Bake? Save those Shells!

Save Oyster Shells (S.O.S.) for the Lynnhaven. If your organization (or you personally) have an oyster roast coming up, give us a call! We will pick up the oyster shell following your roast, and they will be cured and later used on a sanctuary oyster reef! Call 962-5398 or email.

In the Summer of 2006, Lynnhaven River NOW launched a pilot program with 8 Virginia Beach restaurants as well as public donations to gather and recycle oyster and clam shells which were used to build our LRNow/Athey Island Oyster Reef in the Spring of 2008. The pilot program was so successful, it is now an ongoing program in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.

Look for the blue trash cans labeled “Shell Only” at these Public Drop-off Sites for your Oyster and Clam shells:

  • Lynnhaven River NOW office, Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 (near the parking lot entrance from Marlin Bay Dr, set atop a wooden platform)
  • Lynnhaven River NOW satellite office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.
  • VA Aquariumin the Satellite Parking Lot, 717 General Booth Blvd. (This is the parking lot ACROSS General Booth Blvd. from the main Aquarium building.)
  • Welton’s Seafood, 940 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach
  • Virginia Beach Landfill, 1989 Jake Sears Road, ask for directions at the gate.

These VB Restaurants are saving their oyster & clam shells for us, and we hope you will patronize them and thank them for their participation: