Commitment to Action

Billion Oyster Project: Restoring NY Harbor

Commitment by

New York Harbor Foundation

In 2016, the New York Harbor Foundation committed to build off its 2011 CGI Commitment to Action establishing the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), to create a more holistic and system-wide approach to restoring the New York harbor over the next two years. By engaging the region’s students, schools, restaurants, corporations, and entire communities in their local ecosystem and sharing the work of planting one billion live oysters in New York Harbor, it will build a culture of stewardship and a more robust understanding and appreciation of the Harbor for future generations. The expansion includes the growth of five key Billion Oyster Project programs: 1) producing and restoring 15 million oysters at the Harbor School Oyster Hatchery and at various BOP reefs and nurseries, 2) building and monitoring two acres of oyster reef with one reef in each borough, while building the institutional capacity at the Harbor School to grow and restore oysters, 3) Increasing the oyster shell collection program to reach 75 restaurants and working with restaurants to engage their diners in the effort, 4) Engaging the public in hands-on science, volunteer days and public programs on Governors Island, and 5) Creating a teacher training program and Billion Oyster Project / Harbor literacy curriculum for middle school teachers in 75 schools.

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Billion Oyster Project: Restoring NY Harbor



Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

New York Harbor Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Pace University, Captain Planet Foundation, Moore Charitable Trust, 1772 Foundation, Earth Matter, Simons Foundation, New York City Department of Education, The Nature Conservancy, Overbrook Foundation, NRG Energy, Inc., New York Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, Hudson River Foundation, Phear