Oyster Reef Restoration


All of the oyster shells recycled by the Galveston Bay Foundation are returned to Galveston Bay to create new oyster habitat. Oyster larvae need a hard surface on which to attach so they may begin to grow. While baby oysters can attach to just about anything, they prefer other oyster shells.

GBF works with groups of volunteers to return the recycled oyster shells to the bay through the creation of oyster shell breakwaters. With the help of hard-working volunteers, up to 50 feet of an oyster shell breakwater can be constructed in a matter of hours. That means 12,000 lbs/6 tons of oyster shells can be returned to the bay in one day!