Oyster Gardening in New York

Oyster Gardening

Mike Stringer, one of the NY/NJ Baykeeper's restoration associates presented a Baykeeper's Oyster Workshop on Saturday, September 16, 2000 at The River Project's Estuarium on Pier 26 in New York.

The workshop was held to assist volunteers with setting up experimental oyster gardens in different locations around New York harbor. The gardens will be used to determine survivability and growth rates for oysters in the various locations.

Once upon a time oysters were plentiful in New York Harbor and were even considered the food of the poor but by the War of 1812, because the harvesting industry over fished, did not understand the life cycle of it's resource and neglected to return oyster shells to the beds, the major New York Harbor oyster beds were no longer self sustaining and had to be reseeded regularly with oysters imported other locations.

Counting seed oysters.

Nevertheless local oysters remained a favorite. Around 1900 per capita oyster consumption was around 600 per year per person. During the 1920's health concerns caused by increased pollution brought an end to local oystering. Since there was no longer an economic reason to reseed the oyster beds they were allowed to die out. Only scattered small populations remain of what was once one of the most productive shell fish grounds in the world.

The oyster gardens being prepared in this experimental project are not intended to produce a crop for human consumption. In spite of the regular improvement in the New York Harbor's water quality it still isn't safe to eat oysters produced here. There are other important benefits expected from the re-introduction of oysters to the harbor. Each oyster filters as much as 25 gallons of water every day, removing sediment and algae and contributing to the foundations of the marine food chain. Having oysters back in the harbor will encourage other marine life and help reestablish the natural food chain which once existed here.

For additional information please click here to visit the NY/NJ Baykeeper's website.

Loading a tiered basket.


From mohammad-monzoor akinwale on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 13:01:20

Your asociation would do nigeria a lot of good to collaborate with local oyster farmers.
I look forward to your response and information on the possible areas of mutual collaborations.


From ABDON REYNALDO CRUZ JIMENEZ on Monday, July 12, 2004 at 14:50:04

Trabajo en el Instituto Nacional de la Pesca, quisiera informacion sobre el ciltivo de ostion de Taylor Float. Muchas gracias por atender mi peticion.


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