Wellfleet Oysterfest Recyles 5 Tons of Shells

Photo/Wellfleet Oyster Festival

The 12th annual Wellfleet Oyster Festival festival brought an estimated 25,000 visitors to the small town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and recycled 5.2 tons of oyster shells, removing 43% from the solid waste stream.

About 100,000 oysters were consumed at Oysterfest. However, by recycling the shells, 600,000 small oysters that remain on the shell, called spat, were returned to the harbor.

Based on recent surveys, the cultch, or shells that compose an oyster bed, has added habitat for approximately 60 million new oysters, or 15 times the annual harvest rate.  It also increases water filtration in Wellfleet Harbor by nearly 3 billion gallons per day.

The Town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts and Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, otherwise known as ” SPAT” organize the Wellfleet OysterFest each year and have an educational mission, awarding awarded over $100,000 in scholarships mainly to local residents.

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