Species Extinction

Billion Oyster Project

New York - USA
  • Main problem:
  • Subproblem:
    Dead zones, unprotected areas
  • Consequence:
    Loss of biodiversity
  • Solution:
    To restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives

Murray and Pete met at The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, where Murray served as Director and Pete taught Aquaculture.
The two found that when students are given real responsibility, like helping to restore a degraded New York Harbor, they rise to the occasion with great enthusiasm. Billion Oyster Project has expanded on that idea — offering public school students, volunteers, community scientists and restaurants the opportunity to learn about New York City’s rich oyster history and lead the movement to restore it. Imagine New York Harbor as one of the most dynamic environments on the planet. It once was. Together, we can revive our shared blue space, creating a healthier, happier, and more resilient city—one oyster reef at a time.
Our Mission: To restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives
Our Vision: A future in which New York Harbor is the center of a rich, diverse, and abundant estuary. The communities that surround this complex ecosystem have helped construct it, and in return benefit from it, with endless opportunities for work, education, and recreation. The harbor is a world-class public space, well used and well cared for—our Commons.

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