Dear Fishers Islander,
The Atlantic oyster, Crassostrea virginica, has been part of the story of Fishers Island for the 8,000 years that it has been inhabited: from providing the earliest hunters and gathers with a nutrient-rich food source to today, where the Atlantic oysters farmed by Steve and Sarah Malinowski’s Fishers Island Oyster Farm are the island’s only commercial export.
However, there is another Fishers Island Oyster Farm export that is making waves approximately 111 miles west of Fishers Island—in New York City—and he is using that same Atlantic oyster to help bring about positive environmental, educational and social change on a massive scale.
Join us this coming Sunday, June 6th, for a virtual talk with Pete Malinowski, co-founder and Executive Director of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), who will reveal how they have harnessed the power of oyster to restore and reclaim New York Harbor while educating and engaging New York City’s students and citizens in BOP’s mission and purpose. Restoring one billion oysters will make a big difference in New York Harbor, but that’s just a drop in the bucket of what was once there—and only half of the story.
“Billion Oyster Project was founded on the belief that restoration without education is temporary, and that learning outcomes improve when students have the opportunity to work on real restoration projects. Beyond designing STEM curriculum for NYC schools through the lens of oyster restoration, BOP collects discarded oyster shells for reuse from 75 NYC restaurants, builds reef structures with volunteers, and engages Urban Assembly New York Harbor School students in large-scale projects. To date, BOP has planted 45 million oysters, restoring 12 acres of habitat at 15 reef sites, with the help of more than 6,000 students and 10,000 volunteers.” – Pete Malinowski
Virtual Talk and discussion with Pete Malinowski
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No Advance Registration Required
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum