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Tons of fossilized oyster shells headed to Md.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 6:39am  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Tons of fossilized oyster shells are headed to Maryland's Eastern Shore to help rebuild habitat in oyster sanctuaries.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and other stakeholders are scheduled to get a first look at the first 2,750 tons of the shells on Friday at the Port of Baltimore. The shells have been shipped from a Florida quarry.

CSX will transport 112,500 tons of the fossilized shells by train over the next nine months. The shells are headed to reef restoration initiatives in Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources spent about $6.3 million to acquire the materials.

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