Academic Science Building - SCI 222
Title: THE BILLION OYSTER PROJECT: CHALLENGES, LESSONS, & OPPORTUNITIES IN RESTORING OYSTERS TO AN URBANIZED ENVIRONMENT
Presented by Dr. Liz Burmester, Restoration Ecologist, Billion Oyster Project
The New York Harbor (NYH) represents a complex marine ecosystem impacted by dynamic and dramatic human use.
Specifically, this ecosystem once supported the largest known population of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), creating a reef system that is estimated to have covered 220,000 acres. Today, NYH supports a diverse population of over 8.5 million people and a functionally extinct population of oysters. The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of NYH and the restoration of its once native oyster population through education and community engagement.
Challenges to the restoration and conservation of NYH are socially and physically complex and include raw sewage discharge, heavy use by marine and shipping vessels, a lack of natural shoreline, and urban pollution. Toward that end, BOP engages students and community members across community reef projects, community nurseries, oyster hatchery nurseries, restoration pilot projects, and planned oyster restoration projects as well as through 105 partnering schools, 75+ oyster research stations, and 6 career and technical education programs in association with the New York Harbor School. This presentation will explore the challenges, lessons, and opportunities associated with marine restoration in an urbanized environment, specifically in relation to BOP’s (1) ecological and restoration, (2) community engagement, and (3) educational goals and efforts.
Made possible by a Faculty Development Grant Awarded to Dr. Sean Grace, Dr. Vince Breslin and Dr. James Tait.
Light refreshments provided.
Any questions, please contact Dr. Sean Grace (203-392-6216), Dr. Vince Breslin (203-392-6602), or
Dr. James Tait (203-392-5838)
New Haven, CT 06515
ContactDr. Sean Grace