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ORS Supplies

By Heather Flanagan
November 8, 2017

Monitoring an Oyster Research Station (ORS) is the cornerstone of the Billion Oyster Project Schools and Community Science program.  You can check out the Basic Training page and the Field Science Manual to learn more, or contact educate@nyharbor.org to get in touch with our education staff.  We supply the cage, live oysters, and some equipment, but if you’re looking for additional supplies or replacements, check out the Basic and Advanced supply lists below! 

Basic Training ORS Supplies

All prices listed are approximate and subject to change.

Oyster Measurement Supplies Purpose Quant Price Cost
Oyster Research Station (w/ lines) monitoring all parameters 1 $40.00  Provided at Basic Training
Tagged spat-on-shell clusters oyster research 10 priceless Contact BOP field tech
Copy of Oyster Measurement protocol instructions 1 $10.50 Provided at Basic Training
Plastic Bin collecting mobile organisms 2 $27.00 $54.00
Work gloves (12 pack) sampling work 1 $13.00 $13.00
Bucket 2-gallon collecting surface samples 1 $10.00 $10.00
Rope for buckets 50ft $10.00 $10.00
Mesh bags (pack of 5) separating equipment 1 $20.00 $20.00
Calipers measuring oyster growth 2 $2.00 $4.00
Digital Scale weighing oysters 1 $12.00 $12.00
Scrub brush cleaning/defouling mesh 1 $6.00 $6.00
Tape Measure measuring wet line 1 $10.00 $10.00
 TOTAL $149.50

*Note: we recommend you enter data using our data sheets while conducting monitoring.  In order to deal with wet or muddy field conditions, you can laminate these sheets, put them on a transparency, or purchase waterproof paper like Rite in the Rain.

Advanced Training ORS Supplies

All prices listed are approximate and subject to change.

General Supplies
Folding hand truck transport of supplies 1 $25.00
Fresh Water – 1 gallon cleaning equipment 2-3
ORS Manual monitoring instructions 1 $40.00
Protocol 1: Site Conditions Supplies
Anemometer/Thermometer wind speed & air temperature 1 $15.00
Sling Psychrometer humidity 1 $91.00
Fresh Water sling psychrometer 1
Surveyor tape measure measurement for water surface movement 1 $13.50
Compass wind direction 1 $12.00
Protocol 3: Mobile Trap Supplies
Clear plastic shoebox (2 pack) sorting organisms from Mobile Trap 1 $2.00
Portable Aerator keeping organisms alive 1 $8.00
Sieve (1/50) sorting organisms 1 $15.00
Tweezers (12 pack) collecting organsims 1 $6.00
Hand Lenses (6 pack) observing organisms 1 $8.00
Measuring Cup 1-quart pouring water through sieve and estimating 1 $5.20
White plastic spoon (100 pack) looking at small organisms 1 $8.20
Protocol 4: Settlement Tile Supplies
Plastic Bin collecting mobile organisms 1 $27.00
25-point grid 1
Protocol 5: Water Quality Supplies
Thermometer water temperature 1 $9.00
Dissolved oxygen test – CHEMets Colorimetric dissolved oxygen 1 $55.00
Hydrometer salinity 1 $5.00
pH meter pH 1 $20.00
Turbidity tube (120 cm) turbidity 1 $75.00
Ammonia – Aquacheck test strips amonia 1 $24.00
Nitrates – Aquacheck test strips nitrates 1 $10.00
Phosphates – Aquacheck test strips phosphates 1 $25.00
Waste container (wide mouth) disposing of chemical/glass waste 1
 TOTAL $498.90