A new program announced by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is aimed at helping New Orleans area restaurants recycle oyster shells.

The coalition on Tuesday announced that Shell Oil Co. has provided $1 million for the program, which will collect the shells and return them to coastal waters. They will be used to revitalize public oyster seed areas and as material in coastal restoration projects.

A news release from the coalition says two restaurants — Drago’s (Drah-go’s) and Acme Oyster House — are working with the program. And organizers hope to expand to other restaurants.