The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ Don’t Chuck Your Shucks oyster shell recycling program reached its goal to collect 1,000 bushels of shells in its first season.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ Don’t Chuck Your Shucks oyster shell recycling program reached its goal to collect 1,000 bushels of shells in its first season.

The program, designed to collect and reuse the oyster shells that would otherwise be sent to landfills, is a partnership among 12 area restaurants and the Nature Conservancy.

While live oysters improve water quality, the oyster shells themselves also are a highly valuable resource. The shells will be used in projects intended to restore populations of wild oysters to the inland bays, including living shorelines construction and the CIB’s Oyster Gardening Program.

Participating restaurants include 99 Sea Level, Bethany Oyster House, Blue Coast, Catch 54, Claddagh, Hammerheads, Hooked-up, Just Hooked, Lobster Shanty, Magnolias, Off the Hook, and Smitty McGees.

For more information, call 226-8105, or visit inlandbays.org.