Why Oysters?

Oysters Help Clean Coastal Waters

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.

  • Habitat for Marine Species

    The structure that oyster reefs create provide crevices that fish and crabs use to hide from predators. Oyster reefs are also a great place for smaller forage species to live. Many of the species that spend time around oyster reefs are recreationally and commercially valuable

  • Improve Water Quality

    A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. The clearer, cleaner water can support plentiful underwater grasses, which—like the oyster reef—create a stable bottom and a safe, nurturing habitat for juvenile crabs, scallops, and fish.

  • Benefits of Seafood

    Oyster cultivation and harvest provide significant economic value to regional coastal communities. Farmed oysters, clams, and mussels account for about two-thirds of total U.S. marine aquaculture production.

The Oyster Answer

We are committed to cleaning coastal waters by replanting and replenishing oyster habitats throughout the country. By repeating and expanding this process through our Put ‘Em Back™ movement, we are working to improve and protect coastal ecosystems.


That's enough oysters to filter over 82 million gallons of water a day! Join us and let's all do our part to protect this beautiful planet and preserve it for generations to come.