The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” shellfish recycling program is gearing up for another season.

The program collected 4,000 bushels of shell from 25 restaurants in 2017, and the center aims to bring more local restaurants on board.

A partnership between the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and local restaurants, this program collects discarded oyster shell for use in oyster restoration projects in the Inland Bays. Residents and visitors can help by visiting one of participating restaurant partners and ordering a dozen or more oysters or clams. A full list of participating restaurants is available at inlandbays.org/shucks.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is in the process implementing a Shellfish Enhancement plan for the Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman Bays. This plan will implement projects that make use of the DCYS program’s recycled shell material. These projects include living shorelines, oyster gardens and projects that mimic oyster reefs to provide habitat for many species, including finfish.

For more, call 226-8105, ext. 103, email abarra@inlandbays.org or visit inlandbays.org.