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Archives for March 2016

We’re Hiring!

New York Harbor Foundation is hiring!  See below. Business Manager Job Description New York Harbor Foundation is a regional environmental education 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve the access to, awareness and education about, and condition of New York Harbor. We lead the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a large‐scale marine restoration effort to restore one […]

Who Cleans the Cleaners?

by Dylan McGinnis ’16, Marine Systems Technology New York Harbor Foundation communications intern Daily, students at The Harbor School work hand-in-hand with the Billion Oyster Project. Down at the floating dock on Monday, 3/21, 3 students were doing their part by cleaning the oysters. We asked a student named Joaquin Santiago about what they were doing and […]

Luis Melendez: A Life in the Harbor

This is the first in a series of Billion Oyster Profiles, which will tell the story of the Billion Oyster Project through the people who have shaped and been shaped by it.  BOP is not primarily about oysters, but about people.  Luis Melendez is close to the heart of it– in recognition of which, at […]

Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars!

Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars! On Sunday, March 6, four Harbor School MBRP seniors had the honor of competing in the preliminary round of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair at the Great Shepard Hall at City College.  Cezanne Bies, Zain Bin Khalid, Marc Jiminez and Luca Goldmansour presented their research alongside top […]

BOP’s DIY Fleet Grows

Diablo Grande (top) is nearly done, thanks to a huge push by Brendan and the MST students as well as afterschool Boatbuilding.  But Medina’s on to another project: Diablo Grande 2. Student: “Prepare your jigsaws!” Medina: “OK, who wants to cut?” Emily: “ME!”

Harbor Corps Update 3/11/16: SPAWN

Harbor Corps is a student-led initiative.  With representatives from every grade and each CTE, this group of volunteers meets each Friday off the 7:30 a.m. ferry to present updates and to plan the work for the week ahead.  This is the heartbeat of BOP.  This HC Update is the first of an ongoing series, allowing […]

“The big picture’s fine, but who’s gonna build the cages?”

…that’s what Dr. Stephen Gosnell wants his conservation biology students to be thinking about– and that’s why he took them away from computer modeling and population genetics for the day and brought them out to Governors Island for a tour of the lab, an introduction to the EcoDock, an overview of BOP, and a round […]

Measuring Reefs & Their Impact: New Research Dives Deep

Like much good research, Jon Woodruff and Christine Brandon’s recently published investigation of the historical impacts of New York Harbor’s oyster reefs began with a mystery.  As reported in Science Daily, the researchers had been looking at the sediment deposited during Hurricane Sandy, and comparing that “event layer” to the traces left by previous floods. In […]

“We got ’em to go!”

A successful spawn is never guaranteed, and this year has been difficult.  Over the past few weeks, Jeremy Esposito, BOP’s hatchery manager, has made three attempts on oysters pulled from New York Harbor, grown in our nursery under the EcoDock by the MAST center.   With his interns and the aquaculture students, he cycles the […]

Oyster Social #4: Oceana

Get your tickets now! Join us for the fourth installment of the Billion Oyster Project’s Oyster Social Series at Oceana on Monday, March 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm. This intimate tasting includes a selection of a half-dozen Fishers Island Oyster Farm oysters prepared in a variety of ways that lend themselves to beverage pairings including a special cocktail from […]