Marine Science

Oyster Day calls for community support, volunteers

Oyster Day calls for community support, volunteers

Celebrating National Oyster Day doesn't mean refraining from eating the molluscs. Rather, it's a day people should go seek out restaurants that practice responsible restoration habits.

While some Northern Virginia restaurants make Aug. 5 their big day to recycle oyster shells, many Williamsburg and York County restaurants have made it a practice year-round.

Oyster shell recycling is the domain of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which heads programs to restore oysters in Virginia's and Maryland's waterways. The foundation partners with the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science to maintain eight 800-gallon oyster tanks in its Gloucester Point research...