The U.S. Army Wants You (if You’re an Oyster Shell)

An employee of the Saint-Martin oyster-farm presents a full grown oysters, on November 29, 2011 in Gruissan, southern France.

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Via Spencer Ackerman, the Army wants your used oyster shells:

The solicitation number is W912HN-12-T-0028, and the solicitation is issued as a Request for Quote (RFQ). The NAICS code is 424460. This solicitation document incorporates provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-59

Description of Requirement: The Wilmington District of the US Army Corps of Engineers requests the procurement and delivery of oyster shells that have been shucked and air dried in accordance with the attached specifications.

I’m not entirely sure what this is for, but I think it’s part of this effort to rebuild the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay area.