We are building oyster reefs and oyster nurseries across NY Harbor. Explore the map to learn more.
By the year 2035, we aim to restore 100 acres of oyster reefs.
We are thrilled to host volunteer days at Community Reefs. View our volunteer opportunities and subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates.
We believe in restoration through education and education through restoration. We currently work with 70 NYC schools.
The Billion Oyster Project grew out of the New York Harbor School, where students began planting oysters in 2009 as part of their maritime curriculum. In 2014 the Billion Oyster Project became its own restoration and education initiative, which works closely with New York Harbor School and other schools throughout New York City.
Billion Oyster Project was founded by Pete Malinowski and Murray Fisher. Pete is currently the project’s Executive Director, and Murray is Chair of the Board. Pete and Murray’s passion for restoration-through-education and education-through-restoration began at the New York Harbor School, where Murray was Co-founder and Program Director and Pete taught Aquaculture.
60+ restaurants divert their oyster shells from landfills and restore them to New York Harbor with Billion Oyster Project. Learn more.
No! Since there are combined sewage overflows (CSOs) in New York City, and other persistent pollutants that would be harmful to digest, eating oysters out of the harbor right now would be toxic.
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