So all your guest have enjoyed freshly steamed oysters at your Oyster Roast party now what? This is when one of the most important steps in the Oyster Roast process happens, shell recycling! Why recycle the shells? There are several very important reasons to get the oyster shells back into the salt marsh.
The first and main reason for oyster shell recycling is returning the oyster shells back in the salt marsh is for new oyster reefs to form and produce habit for the next crop of oysters. There is nothing that will produce new oyster growth like other oyster shells. Getting the used shells back in the salt marsh is very important to insure that we can enjoy oysters with friends and family for decades to come.
The next reason for oyster shell recycling is that oysters filter the water in the creeks keeping the water quality level high to enjoy other activities like fishing, crabbing and shrimping. Better water quality means better seafood.
Another great reason for shell recycling is creating new habitat for marine life by building oyster reefs. The oysters reefs provide a place for small fish like mud minnows, mullet and mummichogs to find safety from predator fish, such as Red Drum or Spotted Sea Trout. Oyster reefs start the food chain that provides food for sport fish that anglers covet.