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We’re restoring one billion oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035.

What can one billion oysters do?

  • Bring more seahorses, whales, and seals to New York Harbor.
    Yes, there are seahorses in New York Harbor! Within days, thousands of species will colonize a new oyster reef.
  • Help protect from storms like Hurricane Sandy.
    Oyster reefs soften the blow of large waves, reduce flooding, and prevent erosion along shorelines.
  • Educate.
    As students across New York participate in oyster restoration as part of their STEM education, their vision of the city and of their own ability to make a difference skyrockets.

Key Facts

Since launching in 2014…

  • 26 million oysters planted
  • 6 oyster reefs, including 3 community reefs where New Yorkers can volunteer to help monitor the reefs. 5 more reefs coming soon!
  • 3 oyster nurseries
  • 6,000+ local students learning through restoration with Billion Oyster Project’s hands-on curriculum
  • 950,000 pounds of oyster shells diverted from landfills and returned to the harbor, thanks to 60+ participating NYC restaurants
  • 9,000 volunteers engaged in hands-on restoration work


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Project History

Watch this brief video to learn more about how and why Billion Oyster Project started.

Press Releases


Thursday, 6/21: 4th Annual Research Symposium
NYC Students Present Their Research on NY Harbor Health and Oyster Restoration
June 2018

NYC Whole Foods Market Stores Give 5%
On Thursday, April 19, NYC Whole Foods Market Stores Give 5% Toward Building Oyster Reefs in NY Harbor
April 2018

Two New Board Members Tackle Sustainability and Social Justice
NYC’s Billion Oyster Project Announces Two New Board Members Who Tackle Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice Hand-in-Hand
March 2018

Tickets Now On Sale! Billion Oyster Party
Billion Oyster Project, 20 Top NYC Restaurants, and 50 Oyster Farmers Throw Party to Raise Funds Toward Restoring Oyster Reefs to New York Harbor
March 2018