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DIY Larvae: Angelika on BOP’s steps towards full-lifecycle restoration

By Susannah Black
March 26, 2015

Hey, I’m Angelika Koscinski, and this is my last year at the New York Harbor School. I’ve enjoyed my time and I can’t wait to see how my everyday life will be impacted  by the great success that the Billion Oyster Project has achieved so far.

Here in Aquaculture we have been learning about, contributing to, and trying to expand the Billion Oyster Project ever since our sophomore year. We have seen a lot of success throughout the years. In my first year, we ordered our oyster larvae, but now, we spawn our own from the broodstock that we select. Our students are greatly involved as we do most of the steps involved in oyster production in our Aquaculture lab. We like to acknowledge that this is a group effort as all the CTE programs work together and make the Billion Oyster Project a success. Without the support of all the other programs and students, the process would be a lot longer and more costly.

There are a lot of eye opening experiences going on right now. We are currently in the middle of a spawn. This is most exciting because I remember just a couple months ago our class was picking out the broodstock and now we’re about to see the broodstock-produced oyster larvae under the microscope. This is senior year and our job was this spawn–and it was a success! Now that high school is almost done I’ll always remember sieving, counting, water changes and more!

One day old: NYHS-spawned trochophore-stage oyster (R) joined by a more-developed veliger-stage animal.

One day old: NYHS-spawned trochophore-stage oyster (R) joined by a more-developed veliger-stage animal.

The Billion Oyster Project is a great program that our school is proud to carry the reputation of. The Billion Oyster Project and the New York Harbor School’s CTE programs make all of our high school experiences unique and exciting. In the future I would love to come visit and see how the students role expands and the project a big success and a noteworthy one in New York’s history.