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Marine Fisheries - How You Can Help

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Oyster Shell Recyling Homepage

For more information contact:
Sabrina Varnam
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, NC 28557
800-682-2632 or
252-726-7021
Sabrina.Varnam@ncdenr.gov

How You Can Help

Get Involved - People are needed to serve as volunteers to help with collection of shells and to maintain sites, using cans and special bins. Civic clubs, businesses, and schools can also volunteer. Collection sites are located at restaurants, seafood markets, stores, trash convenient sites, parks and schools. Once a site is full, volunteers are needed to either take the cans to a nearby landfill or bin, or to contact the recycling coordinator to pick up the shells. Volunteers are also needed to help with exhibit displays at festivals.

Give Us Your Shells - Drop off your shells at a designated disposal site and feel good that you are helping conserve this important natural resource. Also, if your business, church or community is having a large oyster roast, arrangements can be made to have special trailers brought right to the roast to collect the shells. Encourage seafood markets and restaurants you frequent to join the recycling efforts.

Donated shells are taken to a facility to stockpile until planting season. After the shells have aged and there is no threat of any type of contamination, they are placed in the water to create new reefs.

General Statutes
Legislation related to oyster shell recycling

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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