Bring Back the Oysters

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Billion Oyster Project is restoring oyster beds to New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski, also aquaculture program director at the New York Harbor School, and his students, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan, explain why it's beneficial for the health of the waterways, marine life and how the shellfish might protect coastal areas from future storm surges.


Pete Malinowski, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan

Comments [8]


Amy, thanks for reply but I cannot imagine a multinational corporation building forests that last 100s of years, as your point presumes. This is promise never made, in the marketing I see from "green" resource exploiters.

Apr. 22 2014 06:50 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I hope Beni Nedrick will avoid littering not just because it benefits him but also because it benefits the sea life that eats the plastic & is exposed to the pollutants that are washed into its habitat.

And JJL, carbon neutrality isn't a racket--if the trees aren't cut, they hold in the carbon for hundreds of years & their seeds grow into more trees that will absorb more CO2 & replace the older trees when they do die. You're looking just at what happens to an individual tree in isolation from its environment--literally not seeing the forest for the trees.

Apr. 22 2014 12:11 PM

So the oyster absorbs the toxins, and now we have the toxins residing in the oyster rather than in the sludge. What is the point, if the oyster dies where it lived?

Will they be collected and moved to a less exposed location, like a dump? Are they chemically changing the most dangerous pollution into a non-toxic substance?

On its face, this scheme reminds me of "carbon neutral" racket -- with the planted trees releasing all the CO2 it had captured temporarily upon death.

Apr. 22 2014 12:01 PM

(In Seattle, seafood restaurant staffs have been seeding the oyster beds as part of their jobs for years, although unlike NYC the water there is clean enough to eat out of).

Apr. 22 2014 11:53 AM

Creating a market for NYC Oysters would be a great idea for getting rid of the tons of toxins layering the waterways!

Apr. 22 2014 11:51 AM
J.C. from NYC

After Hurricane Sandy there was so much talk about cultivating oysters. I hope they do.
I also personally think oysters are delicious.

Apr. 22 2014 11:36 AM
Danielle from Park Slope

Funny, my friend did a video piece about a group in the Bronx where I first heard the term billion mollusk project here

good idea, may it spread

Apr. 22 2014 11:29 AM
Thomas Byrne from Manhattn

EarthDay is basically awesome; conjures both fear and love.

Apr. 22 2014 10:08 AM

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