Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations. The RBC Blue Water Project is the primary supporter of the Billion Oyster Project. RBC New York City is also one of BOP’s most enthusiastic and reliable sources of volunteers! BOP along with hundreds of thousands of spat on shell oysters are extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of RBC volunteers.
K & B Seafood is a full service seafood house, with a long history in the oyster business. Saddlerock® Oysters and Duck Island Petite® Oysters grace the menus of many of America’s top restaurants, and are two of our well known bivalves. Our “wild oysters” are harvested from the same oyster beds that the Matinecock Native Americans subsisted off of. K & B distributes in metro NYC and by air daily. K & B Seafood supports the Shell Collection Program by connecting BOP with restaurants and oyster bars interested in donating shells.
Steve and Sarah Malinowski have been farming oysters on Fishers Island for over 30 years. Fishers Island oysters can be found on the menus of some of New York City’s finest restaurants and many east coast oyster farmers rely on their seed every year. NY Harbor School’s aquaculture teacher and Chief Oyster Officer as well as one of the co-founders and project leaders of the BOP, Pete Malinowski, relies heavily on his parents’ knowledge and expertise to inform all aspects of oyster and algae production as well as the in water ecosystem restoration. They provide brood stock for BOP and real aquaculture work experience for NY Harbor students. They support BOP and NY Harbor Foundation through their 1% for the Planet membership.
Kate Orff, founding partner at SCAPE, originally captured the public’s imagination about a restored NYC waterscape using natural infrastructure in her Oystertecture proposal for the 2011 MOMA exhibit entitled Rising Waters. SCAPE is a design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York, certified WBE with LEED-accredited professionals on staff. SCAPE and the Harbor School Aquaculture Program have worked together consistently over the past four years to initiate and develop the BOP plan for restoring one billion oysters to NYC waters over the next 20 years.
The Waterfront Alliance works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all. MWA is a long term supporter of Harbor School, BOP and oyster restoration efforts across the region. MWA both advocates for and physically contributes to oyster restoration through its eco-docks and related initiatives.
The OysterHood is everyone’s headquarters for oyster discovery, understanding, appreciation, experiences and lifestyles. The OysterHood™ is as much a community and a resource for oyster aficionados as it is for the “bivalve-curious”. Through exciting, innovative and original events and with content of all kinds The OysterHood™ presents endless opportunities for all to discover, celebrate, experience and share in the history, culture, cuisine, economy and ecology of oysters, year-round and world-wide. The OysterHood puts on the annual New York Oyster Week which helps the Billion Oyster Project to collect shell substrate and reach an enthusiastic audience of oyster lovers.
The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan. The River Project works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, and urban habitat improvement. The River Project’s programs and interactive exhibits expand public understanding of the estuary and inspire people to appreciate the ecosystem they live in. TRP is long term supporter of BOP and has recently installed an oyster reef estuarium exhibit. The tank was stocked with hundreds of spat-on-shell oysters grown by NY Harbor School’s aquaculture program.
The LES Ecology Center is a long time supporter of Harbor School’s ecological restoration efforts and hosts several BOP Middle School oyster gardens. The mission of the Ecology Center is to work toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, developing local stewardship of green space, and increasing community awareness, involvement and youth development through environmental education programs. BOP is proud to work with this long standing ecological institution.
GIA and its founder Rob Pirani were the original advocates for Harbor School’s move to Governors Island. The mission of the Governors Island Alliance is to celebrate the Island’s rich history, create memorable parks and public spaces, and ensure appropriate reuse of the Island and its historic structures. Since 1995, the Alliance has worked collaboratively to return the Island to the people of New York. Their concept of redeveloping the Island as a world class civic space aligns powerfully with BOP’s visions to engage diverse communities of New Yorkers in the ecological restoration of Governors Island.
Good Shepherd Services is one of New York City’s leading youth development, education and family service agencies, serving over 27,000 program participants a year across all five boroughs. GSS is a major partner in the the BOP middle schools and community outreach program. GSS, Harbor School and Harbor Foundation convened the highly successful Camp RESTORE program in summer 2013 and continue to build this educational partnership by providing marine STEM after-school programing taught by Harbor School students and faculty in South Brooklyn.
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