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Oyster Shell Recycling Program Receives Award

November 12, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Shell Bank Oyster Shell Recycling Program developed by Dr. Jennifer Pollack at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling’s (STAR) Outstanding “Closing the Loop” Program Award. The program was honored during the STAR’s 15th annual Texas Recycling and Sustainability Summit held October 21-24 in Corpus Christi. 

 The awards recognize people and programs that demonstrate extensive recycling efforts and waste diversion tactics that benefit the state of Texas. In all, 10 businesses, communities, and individuals were honored for their outstanding achievements in recycling and sustaining the environment.

 Pollack, assistant professor in the Department of Sciences, established an innovative collaboration between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Harte Research Institute, the Port of Corpus Christi, and Water Street Seafood Restaurants to work together to manage the first oyster shell recycling, habitat selection, and outreach program for the Texas Coastal Bend.

 The program began in November 2009 and makes weekly deposits of oyster shells into the bay.   To date, more than 220,000 pounds of oyster shells have been collected from local restaurants, dried in the sun, and reintroduced in the coastal system.

Photo cutline: Pictured from left: Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Gail Sutton, Harte Research Institute; and Fred Ecoff, STAR Board of Directors

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