What Is Shuck and Share?

Shuck and Share, a Marine Discovery Center Program, was created in 2014 to provide oyster shells for shoreline restoration projects in the Indian River Lagoon.

The project was funded by a grant from the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and allowed the Marine Discovery Center to collect over 50,000 pounds of shells from local restaurants in its first year. Since then, the program has grown to be one of the premiere sources of oyster shell restoration materials in the Indian River Lagoon and beyond.

Shuck and Share prides itself on creating and facilitating strong partnerships with neighboring oyster restoration programs in Florida to create a community working towards the same goal: to protect and restore Florida’s estuaries, rivers, and bays for years to come.

Shuck and Share Volunteers

Putting Your Dinner to Work!

Every day, thousands of oysters are devoured in Florida seafood restaurants. Those shells are then discarded and added to our ever-growing landfills. Oyster recycling programs are popping up all over the state to recycle oyster shells back into the environment to create new habitats and restore damaged oyster reefs. By ordering a dozen at one of the participating restaurants, you’re doing your part to advance habitat restoration along the coasts of Florida

Oysters 101

Oysters start out as free floating larvae called “spat”. These spat float around in the water column looking for somewhere hard to settle on using a rudimentary eyespot. Once the oyster larva settles onto a hard substrate it begins to grow, however, if the oyster spat does not find a hard surface to settle on, it perishes.

Oysters have the ability to land on anything hard; dock pilings, concrete sea walls, tree trunks…but they prefer to land on other oysters as it is a good indicator that there is enough food and protection in the surrounding habitat to create a successful oyster reef.

Oyster beds provide habitat, food, and protection for a numerous species of animals that live in and around them, making them an important keystone species in Florida’s thriving marine ecosystem. Oysters are also known as ecosystem engineers because of their ability to create or significantly modify the surrounding habitat. Their interconnected reefs help to dissipate wave energy, which in turn reduces erosion along the shoreline.

As filter feeders, oysters help to remove particulate matter from the surrounding water and help to improve overall water quality. A single oyster can filter anywhere from 20 to 50 gallons of water a day!

However, oyster populations in Florida are quickly declining due to over harvesting, brown tide events, rising sea levels, and careless boaters. Globally over 85% of shellfish reefs are gone, and locally our oyster reefs are declining rapidly. By recycling oyster shell from local restaurants, we can help to create new oyster reefs to insure their success for years to come.

Get Involved!

We rely on amazing organizations, restaurants, and volunteers throughout the region, and we’re so thankful to all of our partners for helping to make this program a continuing success!

WANT TO VOLUNTEER? To find out how to get involved and learn more about your local oyster recycling project, find your county below – the first organization listed is the contact for that county. If you have any questions, contact [email protected]

BrevardBrowardCitrusFlaglerIndian RiverMartinOrangePalm BeachSeminoleSt. JohnsSt. LucieVolusia

Brevard County

Virginia C. Wine,
Conservation Field Technician &
Shuck & Share Coordinator

Restore Our Shores Program
[email protected]

Autumn’s Crab

Beachside Seafood

Captain J’s

Chart House Melbourne

Dixie Crossroads

Djon’s Steak & Lobster House

Djon’s Village Market

East Coast Shuckers

The Fat Snook

Fish Lips

Grant Seafood Festival

Indian River Bar & Grill

Islands Fish Grill

Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster

MB Seafood Company


Red Crab

River Rocks

Sand on the Beach

Seafood Atlantic, Inc.

Shells of Melbourne

Southeastern Seaproducts

Sunset Waterfront Bar & Grill

Victorio’s Oyster Bar

Broward County

Stacy Brown, Director
Urban Farming Institute
[email protected]

Stacy Brown, Director
South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals
[email protected]

Tiki Tiki

Citrus County

Jen Magradze
Fishcreek Glampground
[email protected]

Crump’s Landing

The Freezer Tiki Bar

Kelly’s Half Shell Pub

Florida Cracker Riverside Resort

Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant

Flagler County

Stephanie York, Park Ranger
Friends of Gamble Rogers
State Park
[email protected]

The Anchor

Flagler Fish Company

Golden Lion Cafe

Next Door Beach Bistro

Indian River County

No County Contact Available At This Time

Green Marlin

Riomar Country Club

Martin County

Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration
[email protected]

Orange County

Dr. Linda Walters
Researcher & Pegasus Professor
[email protected]

Palm Beach County

No County Contact Available At This Time

The Parched Pig

The Twisted Tuna

Seminole County

No County Contact or Participating Restaurants Available At This Time

St. Johns County

Jimmy Tomazinis, Biologist
Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR
[email protected]

Cap’s on the Water

St. Augustine Seafoord Company

Velchoff’s Corner

St. Lucie County

No County Contact Available At This Time

12A Buoy

Chuck’s Seafood Restaurant

Cobb’s Landing

The Fort Steakhouse

Pelican Yacht Club

Volusia County

Tess Sailor-Tynes, Conservation Science Coordinator
Marine Discovery Center
[email protected]

Jose Abarca, Operations Manager
Waste Pro
[email protected]

63 Sovereign

The Baker’s Table

Chase’s On The Beach

City Market Bistro

Goodrich Seafood Restaurant

McKenna’s Place

McKenna’s Port Orange 

Off The Hook Raw Bar & Grill

Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor

Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille

Riptides Raw Bar & Grill

Stoney Farms Crab Shop

Partner Organizations

Marine Discovery Center

Brevard Zoo

Coastal Conservation Association Florida

Fishcreek Glampground

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Oceanographic Society

Florida State Parks

Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park

Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR

Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals

St. Johns River Water Management District

University of Central Florida

Urban Farming Institute

Waste Pro

Our Mission:

"To protect and restore Florida's coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."