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Oyster Shell Recycling Program Earns $99,825 for Future Restoration

May 22, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Jennifer Pollack, assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has received a $99,825 grant from the Texas Coastal Management Program to provide future funding for Shell Bank, an oyster shell recycling, habitat selection, and outreach program for the Texas Coastal Bend.

The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies hosted their last oyster reef restoration event of the semester at Goose Island State Park on Saturday, May 19.  

Pollack, who developed the first oyster shell recycling program for the Texas Coastal Bend in November 2009, coordinated the project that brought in around 500 Coastal Bend volunteers who contributed their time during three restoration events held on March 10, April 28, and May 19. During those events, volunteers bagged oyster shells and placed them in the water at the restoration site to help create an oyster reef.

The Texas Coastal Management Program, an initiative to ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of the Texas Coast, is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the Coastal Coordination Council, a public/private council chaired by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

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