A U.S. military request has many shaking their heads: bushels of empty oyster shells, which the U.S. Army is willing to pay $15,000 for, according to media reports.
Do you have any empty oyster shells lying around your home? If you do, you should contact the U.S. Army immediately. The Army Corps of Engineers posted an ad late last week on the Internet requesting empty oyster shells.
It is not just requesting the empty oyster shells, but it’s also willing to pay up to $15,000 for them. Altogether, the U.S. Army is looking to collect 4,000 bushels of the shells, which would fill approximately five dumpster trucks.
“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,” the request at Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) states.
Wired.com is reporting that the purpose of the shells is for the Corps’ longstanding civil works and environmental mission in Roanoke Island, North Carolina close to the Wanchese Harbor. Ann Johnson, spokesperson for the Wilimington, N.C., District of the Corps of Engineers, explained it will “expand the existing oyster reef component of the Wanchese Marsh project to about one acre.”
The Wanchese restoration endeavour was initiated a decade ago and spans 12 acres close to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
The report claims that it has nothing to do with any military exercises or missions.