Commitment to Action

Harbor School's Billion Oyster Project

Commitment by

New York Harbor School

In 2011, New York Harbor School committed to expanding its current oyster restoration efforts to produce 10,000,000 oysters per year by 2015 through The Billion Oyster Project. The Billion Oyster Project is an oyster farming project for the purpose of environmental restoration that will incorporate education, job training and research into a harbor-wide oyster restoration project. In collaboration with existing Oyster Restoration and Research Project partners, New York Harbor School aims to return functional oyster reefs to New York Harbor in an effort to restore water quality and ecosystem services, while in the process creating a restoration-based public school curriculum. In addition to being a phenomenal teaching tool, restoring one billion live, adult oysters into New York Harbor is a crucial step towards estuary restoration and proactive planning for global climate change.

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Harbor School's Billion Oyster Project



Est. Duration

24 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

New York Harbor School

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Verizon, New York Harbor Foundation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Hudson River Foundation, New York / New Jersey Baykeeper, Port Authority of New York / New Jersey, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Good Shepherd Services Inc, New York / New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program