It Starts with the Shell

Rhode Island

Restoring Oyster Reefs

Learn how local restaurants and volunteers are making it happen.

Shell Recycling Program

Oysters are the building blocks for a healthy marine environment.
They clean the water by filtering it. They also recycle nutrients, and provide habitat for a variety of other species of fish, shellfish, and vegetation. Thriving populations of shellfish support two key Rhode Island industries: tourism and fishing.

Globally, oyster reefs have declined by over 85%. We are taking a stand to turn that number around.
Partnering with local raw bars, restaurants and shellfish processors, we are recycling oyster shells to restore the Ocean State’s oyster reefs. The shells provide a place for baby oysters to attach, grow, and thrive, bringing improvements to the health of surrounding waters.

Want to get involved?

All you have to do is enjoy oysters at one of our partner restaurants! Visit any of the following to give back to the ocean and support our oyster shell recycling program:

·         Hemenway’s Restaurant, Providence

·         Castle Hill Inn, Newport

·         22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, Newport

·         The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport

·         Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown

·         Boat House Restaurant, Tiverton

Check out our new video to learn more! 

For more information contact our Director of Ocean and Coastal Conservation, John Torgan, at

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