The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) kicked off the state’s first formal oyster shell recycling program by collecting over 19,000 pounds of shell from New Orleans area restaurants over the weekend. CRCL hosted a launch event to celebrate the kick-off of this program on June 24 at the Bourbon House Seafood Restaurant.
The goal of the CRCL Oyster Shell Recycling Program is to recycle used oyster shell from participating New Orleans restaurants and use that shell to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across coastal Louisiana. The CRCL Oyster Shell Recycling Program is made possible by a $1 million philanthropic gift from Shell.
Next time you are in New Orleans and craving oysters, order a dozen from these restaurants and help support oyster reef restoration: Acme Oyster House (New Orleans and Metairie locations), The Bourbon House, Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Redfish Grill, Lüke, and Peche Seafood Grill.
In the past 75 years, more than 2,300 square miles of coastal Louisiana have been converted to open water by natural processes and human activity. Roughly translated, this is an area of wetlands equivalent to the state of Delaware that has simply disappeared.
Human alteration of this landscape has accelerated much of Louisiana’s coastal land-loss. Levees built to facilitate and maintain navigation and flood protection along the Mississippi River have choked off the rich sediment that once built and replenished wetlands. Additionally, thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines and canals that provide essential energy to the nation slice through Louisiana’s wetlands, hastening the erosion of this sediment starved landscape.
Despite these obstacles, it is still possible to restore Louisiana’s coastal landscape to a sustainable and productive state. But we must act now. Without immediate and decisive action, Louisiana will continue to lose land at an alarming rate, potentially losing an additional 1,000 square miles of land by the year 2050.
The loss of coastal Louisiana is perhaps the largest preventable environmental crisis in America and CRCL is committed to restoring and protecting a sustainable, vibrant and productive coastal Louisiana. Click here to see more about CRCL.