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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
  • 9 oyster reefs, including 4 community reefs where New Yorkers can volunteer to help monitor the reefs. In addition, we were hired by environmental, planning, and engineering consulting firm AKRF to build oyster reef structures for deployment at three locations in the Hudson River, to help restore wild oyster population that was displaced during the construction of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge near the old Tappan Zee Bridge. This project was managed by the NYS Thruway Authority.
  • 3 oyster nurseries
  • 6,000+ local students learning through restoration with Billion Oyster Project’s hands-on curriculum
  • 1,000,000 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 & Advisories


Wed, Sep 12: Press Conference at Staten Island Ferry

Reimagining Aquariums at Staten Island Ferry Terminal
Staten Island Ferry Terminal Aquariums
Will Become Educational Exhibit with Billion Oyster Project

Blue Point Brewing: $20K Gift and Beer That Gives Back
Blue Point Brewing Company Donates $20,000 to nonprofit Billion Oyster Project and Releases New Beer to Benefit Oyster Reef Restoration in NYC
July 2018

Welcoming New Board Members
NYC’s Billion Oyster Project Appoints Three New Board Members
July 2018

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