Coastal Issues Forum - Dr. Jennifer Pollack
Center for Economic Development, RM 106
3209 S. Staples
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
HRI's Dr. Jennifer Pollack and Texas Surf Conservancy Executive Director Peyton Gardner will discuss the new direction that the Sink Your Shucks oyster recycling program is taking.
The oyster recycling program "Sink Your Shucks" was founded by the Harte Research Institute for
Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) in 2009 and is now co-coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack, Endowed
Chair for Coastal Conservation and Restoration and the Texas Surf Conservancy (formerly the Texas
Surf Museum). The program was the first in Texas that reclaims oyster shells from local restaurants and
returns them to our local waters providing both substrate to form new reefs and habitat for fish, crabs
and other organisms.
Shells are picked up by the Texas Surf Conservancy from local restaurants and transported to Port of
Corpus Christi property where they are quarantined. The program has collected 1.75 million pounds
of shell to date! The shell is then moved from the stockpile location to various sites for restoration
efforts conducted by HRI.