Oysters are filter feeders that clean waterways and build habitat. They were also once abundant in New York City’s waters, but due to centuries of overharvesting and water pollution, wild oysters are a rare sight today. Hudson River Park is one of several organizations studying ways to bring them back.
At Pier 32, Hudson River Park installed 12 oyster wraps around old pier pilings as a community science project that 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 by participating in Community EcoPaddle events in the Park.
Hudson River Park hosts 15 Billion Oyster Project (BOP) oyster research stations at various Sanctuary locations monitored by teachers, students, and community organizations and members. Hudson River Park’s four miles of waterfront property and 16 reconstructed piers provide space to collect 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.