Oyster Restoration in New York Harbor

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Before the turn of the 20th century, the bottom of New York Harbor was covered in oyster reefs. Because of pollution and overfishing, the oysters all but disappeared, but with the recent cleanup of the Harbor, they are returning. The River Project is now planning to create an oyster reef in Tribeca and is sponsoring a series of lectures on the project. We’ll be joined by Dr. Beth Ravit of the Department of Environmental Science at Rutgers University and by J.T. Boehm, Aquatic Projects Manager for The River Project.

Lecture: Oyster Reef Restoration in an Urban Estuary: Are We Ready?
Thursday March 19, 2009, 5:30PM
Pier 84 Classroom and Interpretive Center (Hudson River Park at 44th Street)
Part of the New York City Oyster Gardening Program Lecture Series


J.T. Boehm and Dr. Beth Ravit

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Elizabeth River Arthur Kill Watershed Association from Elizabeth Nj

The Elizabeth Oyster Partnership has been working with the NY/NJ Baykeeper on a Clean Water-Oyster project for the past year.
There is an Oyster Room at Historic Belcher Ogden Mansion hosted by the HSENJ.

Mar. 27 2010 05:57 AM
Andrew Jay from Boston

Boston is into its second year of a program off of the North End. Check out

Nov. 12 2009 12:34 AM
Debbie from Keyport

Check out to learn more about oyster restoration in the NY Harbor area.

Mar. 19 2009 02:03 PM

In Seattle it's been PC for restaurants to grow their own oysters.

Waiters, managers, servers etc. all out there planting the beds.

Mar. 19 2009 01:20 PM

I understand that eating oysters is good for the environment (unlike cod, tuna etc etc) -- true?

Mar. 19 2009 01:18 PM
Rob in Yonkers from Yonkers

Groundwork Hudson Valley, based in Yonkers, is also exploring rebuilding the oyster beds along the Hudson close to the Yonkers train station.

Mar. 19 2009 12:31 PM

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