We are currently working with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and local restaurants and schools to develop an oyster shell recycling initiative to help generate shell substrate for restoring local oyster reefs. We have identified a potential site for a shell recycling depot at the Ningi Transfer station and have received funding to build an oyster shell impound from the Pumicestone Passage Restocking Association. Moreton Bay Regional Council have kindly donated a water tank and a water collection structure and granted permissions to begin construction of the shell recycling depot !
Experience overseas shows for every oyster shell that is recycled and placed back into a suitable reef restoration site, it makes a potential home for up to 10 baby oysters. Examples of overseas shell recycling initatives can be found here and here , while the billion oyster project in New York provides a great example of how local businesses, kids and schools can become involved with shell recycling as a practical way to help restore their local marine environment.