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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…

  • 25 million oysters planted
  • 5 oyster reefs, including 2 community reefs where New Yorkers can volunteer to help monitor the reefs. 6 more reefs coming soon!
  • 3 oyster nurseries
  • 6,000+ local students learning through restoration with Billion Oyster Project’s hands-on curriculum
  • 800,000 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


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

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

Featured Coverage

Recent selections:

As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines
January 2018

Nyack News & Views
Earth Matters: Return of the Big Oyster
January 2018

Scuba Diver Life
The Billion Oyster Project
December 2017

Von Wong
These kids are growing One Billion Oysters!!
April 2017

Zagat Documentaries
How Recycled Oyster Shells Can Restore a NYC Ecosystem
April 2017