As conditions in our seas worsen, every little bit helps. And Hard Rock is aiming to do what they can in whatever way they can. After all, one of their mottoes is “Save the Planet”. And they are planning to stick to those words.
Indeed, their newest step towards a greener planet is to recycle oyster shells. In fact, with the help of Stockton University and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), the property has already salvaged a staggering amounts of shells, 20 thousand pounds of shells to be exact. So, that’s almost 50,000 shells that were served up either at the Council Oak Fish restaurant, Kuro, and/or Hard Rock’s Fresh Harvest Buffet that are now put to good use.
Bringers of life
Oysters are so much more than just a delicacy. There, in fact, essential to many bodies of water across the globe. Indeed, they’re natural filters. In other words, oysters can filter up to 2.5 gallons of water per hour, improving water quality in the process.
Plus, they build reefs, which provide habitat for fish, shrimp, crabs, and other sea creatures. They also serve as natural breakwaters that protect shorelines from erosion. When oysters are fished up in large numbers, they no longer provide these benefits, and the waters suffer.
The old helps the new
So how will recycling the shells help with this? Well, young oysters must attach to a hard surface and most preferably, an old oyster shell. If they can’t find a spot to stick to, they die.
So to keep the waters healthy and clean around Atlantic City. Hard Rock made a move. They will give these young oysters a chance of survival so that they can, in turn, provide the lakes and oceans with an opportunity to thrive. They are expecting to recycle around 45 tons of shells this year alone, that amounts to almost 200,000 shells.
Now if you needed a reason to visit the Garden State, or to stay at the Hard Rock. Surely the Shore’s Seafood Festival on September 7th and Hard Rock’s recycling effort is a good one.