BENEFITING: Billion Oyster Project
Aquaculture teaches the theory and practice of raising aquatic plants and animals. Students are introduced to ornamental aquaculture, while learning to maintain their own aquariums sophomore year. Junior year, students raise algae and work towards restoring New York Harbor's submerged aquatic vegetation. Seniors learn shellfish aquaculture through our oyster restoration project. Students work to turn New York Harbor into an oyster farm to help restore the once great New York Harbor oyster population. Throughout this program of study students learn and practice skills in an emerging field and participate in a large-scale environmental restoration project.
Harbor School has partnered with 10 other organizations and together we have created the Oyster Restoration Research Project. The oyster population has declined tremendously in the last 100 years due to pollution, habitat degradation and other stresses. Our school is working with these organizations to bring oysters back to New York Harbor by growing oysters in spat-on-shell facility and our FLUPSY (Floating Upwelling System) and then transporting them to our reefs. These reefs will be monitored and evaluated throughout the spring, summer and fall to ensure the success of this project throughout in the coming years.
Look at this link for more info, pictures and video: http://nyctransported.com/2011/01/oyster-restoration-new-york-city-and-new-jersey/comment-page-1/#comment-2043