Grant for Louisiana's 2nd oyster reef from recycled shells
NEW ORLEANS - The program that turned oyster shells from New Orleans-area restaurants into an oyster reef has received $250,000 to build its second reef.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana says the new one will be off Jefferson Parish, along the western edge of Barataria Bay. It will be about a half-mile long, like the reef completed in November off St. Bernard Parish.
Coalition spokesman Jimmy Faircloth says researchers found tiny oyster larvae called spat anchored to the first reef on a recent monitoring trip. He says they hadn't expected to see spat so soon, and are excited by the find.
He says 13 restaurants are paying to participate, and others are interested.
The grant announced Friday is from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Shell.