Mar Vista's Vertical Oyster Garden


Restaurant's oyster program helps diners become environmental stewards

Chiles Hospitality recently partnered with Gulf Shellfish Institute to bring vertical oyster gardens to Mar Vista and send some home with diners.

Want to see a vertical oyster garden in action and take one home? Mar Vista is the spot.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is now the first commercial partner of Gulf Shellfish Institute (GSI). On April 8, the institute installed 50 vertical oyster gardens underneath Mar Vista’s docks and kicked off the VOG distribution box program.

Vertical oyster gardens, or VOGs, are strands of recycled oyster shells that are drilled through, strung together and tied onto the bottom of a dock to hang in the water. The idea is that the old oysters will promote the growth of new oyster larvae, and add to the overall ecosystem by providing habitat for other marine life.

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