We are honored to be one of Clinton Global Initiative’s featured Commitments to Action at CGI’s 2016 Winter Meeting.  Some more information about the nuts and bolts of our Commitment: The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) seeks to meaningfully engage the region’s students, schools, restaurants, corporations and entire communities in their local ecosystem by sharing the […]

We’re Hiring!

BOP is taking off– and that means we’re building our team!  See below for the positions we are now seeking to fill, and contact Montana Jernigan at for more information or to apply. Job Description: BOP Engineer Through funding from the National Science Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation is seeking to hire an Engineer […]

Harbor’s Index

Pounds of oyster shell collected to date by Earth Matter in partnership with New York Harbor Foundation for BOP: 100,000 Estimated number of shells this represents: 1 million Trucks used in the process: 1 Restaurants participating in BOP: 28 Islands on which we collect shells: 2 (Manhattan and Long) Islands on which we have shell […]

NRG partners with Billion Oyster Project & Earth Matter to cure oyster shell at their SI location.

Jordi, Devin (operations staff), Alberto (shell collection manager) and Charlie (Earth Matter Bd. of Director) stand on top of 100,000 lbs of recycled oyster shell!  That’s approximately 1 million shells.  Year round shell collection + curing at NRG by Earth Matter has been going strong since May 2015! Devin offloads a toter of oyster shells […]

Gettin’ Ready for a Spawn: Volunteer Opportunity Friday 1/29

  Volunteers (beloved & faithful) have an opportunity to get a jump on the year. We’ve got several batches of conditioning broodstock (mom & pop oysters) in our hatchery. Spawns start soon, followed by larvae, and lastly, spat. A lot like insect larva, our oyster larva need to go through metamorphosis. Uniquely, our larvae need find refuge […]

Director’s Debrief #5: Spawn!

I hope everyone stayed warm and safe this weekend and had an opportunity to get out and enjoy all this snow. Cold weather means two things for BOP: things are beginning to heat up in the hatchery and the oysters at our partner restaurants are at their best. As the water cools each fall the […]

Aboard the Liberty Ship: Harbor Visits S.S. John W. Brown

As we’ve done for the past several years, Harbor School sent a contingent of students to Baltimore, to visit, learn, and volunteer aboard S.S. John W. Brown, one of two remaining fully operational World War II era Liberty Ships— out of a total of 2,711 that were originally built.  For three days over this past weekend, […]

BOP Chef: Crave Fishbar’s Todd Mitgang

Billion Oyster Project Restaurant Partner Spotlight Crave Fishbar Executive Chef Todd Mitgang What made you want to get into the restaurant/oyster bar business?  I have a love for food and thought. What career could be better for my passion then a career as a restaurant chef/operator? When you got into the oyster game did you […]

Principal in the Harbor

Harbor School principal Jeff Chetirko proves that he’s willing to dive in to get the job done! by Robina Taliaferrow  

BioBase and BOP Team Up to Teach Teachers

BOP CCERS has added another element to its program offerings for teachers in hands-on restoration science. For six weeks this Fall, BOP and BioBase held a series of three two-hour long training sessions for 20 MFA teachers at the BioBase lab space located inside the Lower East Side Girls Club. The trainings were a mix […]