New York Harbor was once home to over 200,000 acres of oyster reefs. Oysters played a vital role in the local marine ecosystem, filtering water and providing a habitat for other species. Today, oysters are nearly extinct in New York waters due to overharvesting and pollution. The Billion Oyster Project's mission is to reintroduce live oysters into the harbor, which, in time, will lead to cleaner water and greater biodiversity.
First, we visited BOP on Governors Island in New York Harbor to learn more about their mission and unique challenges. After gathering information from their team of marine biologists, educators, students, and volunteers, we did a deep dive (pun intended) to explore the possibilities for their identity.