Shell Recycling Programs

Virginia Commonwealth University works with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Rappahanock River Oysters and a couple restaurants to recycle shell. The pilot program began shell collection in August 2013, using volunteer labor from Virginia Master Naturalists and the Chesapeake Bay Program: Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCes). Shell was transferred back to CBF in Virginia. Contact: Todd Janeski, at
Website: VCU Recycling Pilot

Virginia Beach
Lynnhaven River Now has the Save Oyster Shells (S.O.S.) program in Virginia Beach, which benefits the Lynnhaven River. There are currently four drop sites in the Virginia Beach area and collections of shell from 20 restaurants. The program offers summer internships.
Website: Lynnhaven River Now

Oyster Restoration Projects

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation heads most restoration efforts.

Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven River and Crystal Lake have oyster gardening programs. Lynnhaven River

Lafayette River has a collaboration with  NOAA to create reefballs

Piankatank River planted 1 million cultchless oysters, working with The Nature Conservancy and CBF.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Oyster Restoration Efforts