Grand Banks and the Maritime Foundation are pleased to announce the Billion Oyster Project (BOP) Speaker Series aboard the F/V Sherman Zwicker. Local experts in marine fields will be presenting their work, ideas and passions about New York Harbor to guests, and proceeds from the events will go to support BOP. All talks will take place aboard the Sherman Zwicker and are free of charge and open to the general public.
The BOP is a long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years and in the process educate thousands of young people in New York City about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment. BOP is a partnership of schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals all working together to grow oysters and make our city a healthier and more resilient place to live. This partnership also includes local, state, and federal regulatory agencies – the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – with whom we work closely to certify and monitor our aquaculture methodology and ongoing habitat restoration projects. The founding and central partner is the New York Harbor School located on Governors Island. The schools 430 students work to restore the Harbor through their classwork in one of six Career and Tech classes, including Aquaculture, Professional diving, Marine Service Technology, Vessel Operations, Marine Biology and Research and Ocean Engineering.