Long ago, oysters were abundant in Hudson River Park's waters, but due to centuries of overharvesting and water pollution, wild oysters are a rare sight today. Oysters are filter feeders that clean waterways and build habitat. With these incredible benefits in mind, Hudson River Park studies the health and restoration of oysters in Park waters.
Pier 32 Oyster Study
Hudson River Park’s Pier 32 oyster project installed 12 oyster wraps around old pier piling. This project is founded in community stewardship and aims to explore the success and impact of the oyster wrap restoration technique. In 2017, a total of 2,400 adult oysters and spat on shell clusters were restored to the Hudson River through this study. In 2018, Estuary Lab scientists observed successful growth of adult oysters between July and October. You can support this three year project and help monitor the success of these oysters at Community Ecopaddle events in the Park.
To learn about oyster success at piers throughout our sanctuary waters, Hudson River Park has 15 Billion Oyster Project (BOP) oyster research stations that teachers, students, and the community help to monitor. Access to local waters is a key component of this project and Hudson River Park’s four miles of waterfront property and 16 reconstructed piers provide needed space to collect valuable data on oyster growth, biodiversity and water quality.
Interested in learning more? Join us at Shell-ebrate Oysters to learn about the life cycle, history and benefits of oysters through hands on education and oyster stewardship.