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Oyster Shell Recycling Tattoos for Kids at the Original Oyster House

Along with the alligator toy that accompanies a kids’ meal at the Original Oyster House, kids this summer can also get a free Oyster Shell Recycling Tattoo.

Along with the alligator toy that accompanies a kids’ meal at the Original Oyster House, kids this summer can also get a free Oyster Shell Recycling Tattoo. By answering 5 true-or-false questions on the kid’s menu about the benefits of Oyster Shell Recycling and oysters, kids can become an Oyster Trailblazer and earn an Oyster Shell Recycling tattoo or sticker provided by the Alabama Coastal Foundation while supplies last.

“Our mission is to improve and protect Alabama's coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation,” explained Ginny Barnas, public engagement coordinator for the Alabama Coastal Foundation. “One way we do this is through our wonderful children programs including Bay Buddies, which teaches basic conservation concepts to young students; Coastal Kids Quiz, which is similar to a scholar’s bowl for fifth-graders interested in coastal resources, conservation, and the environment; and Mobile Bay Estuary Corps, a hands-on educational program for middle schoolers to name a few. So it’s a great fit to partner with our restaurants on Oyster Shell Recycling education. The tattoos and stickers are a fun incentive to challenge kid’s knowledge of oysters and hopefully instill a passion for our next generation of marine biologists, educators, environmentalists and advocates.”

Spearheaded by the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF), the Oyster Shell Recycling Program is made possible through a two year grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The program recycles oyster shells from restaurants and will put them back into Alabama waters, enhancing oyster production among other benefits. The Original Oyster House helped to pilot Alabama’s first oyster shell recycling program in October of 2016. ACF estimates that 2.5 million shells will be collected this year.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk and Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Mobile Causeway. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 34 years. For more information visit www.originaloysterhouse.com/recycle. For more information on the Alabama Coastal Found please visit www.joinACF.org.

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