SUFFOLK, Va. (VWEC) -- There is a new addition to Bennett’s Creek Park in Suffolk that will go a long way in helping the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay.
It’s an 8 ft x 8 ft wooden box near the boat ramp of the park.
Volunteers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation built it, and it will serve as an oyster recycling bin for the area.
It only cost around $500 to build, but the oyster box will help environmentalists reach a 10-billion-oyster goal.
The oyster box is one of 17 across the state, all going towards the goal of collecting and distributing 10 billion oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay by 2025.
Fisherman and restaurants can dump their shells in the bin, those shells will go back into the bay to create new habitats for the over-harvested oyster population. Those new oysters will keep the bay clean, and filtered, for wildlife everywhere.