VOSRP Fall Event 2016
October 17, 2016
It was a beautiful fall day in Richmond as a crowd gathered to enjoy food, cheer, and fun, at this year’s Shell Raiser’s Shindig. The event, which took place on October 16 at Libbie Mill-Midtown, supported the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP), a collaborative program of the VCU Rice Rivers Center.
Guests were able to sample dishes from some of the top chefs in Virginia, and also enjoyed regional beer, wine and cider.
The program is active in Charlottesville, Richmond, Williamsburg, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Lancaster County, with almost 60 participating businesses and nearly 30 public drop-off locations. Volunteers also actively collect from oyster roasts and special events.
Annually, the program gathers more than 75,000 pounds of waste shell that is age-cured at the VCU Rice Rivers Center before being seeded with juvenile oysters. Those seeded shells are then returned to the Bay on reef restoration projects, working with restoration partners and the industry. Once all the shells collected from the prior year are seeded with juvenile oysters, more than 10 million oysters will be returned to the Chesapeake.