Why Oysters?

Oysters are the ultimate “friend of the coast.”

The number of people living on the coast has increased by 40% in the last 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. With the population increase, the amount of toxic run off from coastal cities and towns has increased 10-fold, placing an unprecedented amount of strain on coastal resources.

Nature has provided the filter-feeding oyster to keep our coasts clean and teeming with life. A single oyster filters up to 50 gallons of coastal water per day, removing the toxins from run off and creating a habitat where hundreds of species like fish, crabs, and shrimp can thrive.

Along with filtering water, oyster reefs help:
Increase Habitat Service Area


Habitat Service Area

Provide Habitat for Oyster Larvae


Habitat for Oyster Larvae

Protect Against Storm Surges


Against Storm Surges

Oyster Shells

Together we can make a difference

Water quality is the #1 issue threatening coastal waterways. The good news is we all can pitch in to ensure a sustainable future.
To give back you can donate your time or charitable gift to oyster restoration projects across the country.  We cannot depend solely on state or federal entities to protect our coasts. It is up to us to make a difference.  Let’s work together to Put ‘Em Back™.