Museum Talk: Billion Oyster Project’s Pete Malinowski

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.

BOP Executive Director Pete Malinowski. Courtesy of the Billion Oyster Project.

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.

High school students in NYC monitor the oysters at a Community Reef under the Manhattan Bridge.
Photo: Benjamin Von Wong

“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

Billion Oyster Project and New York Harbor School train NYC high school students to become scientific divers.
Photo: Benjamin Von Wong.
We are thrilled to have Pete with us (virtually) to give the BOP’s many supporters on the island a chance to hear how the organization not only weathered the pandemic —but in the midst of it, how they built the largest reef in New York Harbor history by placing reef structures filled with 15 million oysters off of Soundview Park at the mouth of the Bronx River.
BILLION OYSTER PROJECT
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

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86407340701
Webinar ID: 864 0734 0701
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbGu9JRF2e

We will be starting at or just after 4 p.m., so I do recommend clicking the link above before to ensure that you do not miss any of what promises to be a fascinating presentation.
Sincerely,
Pierce Rafferty
Director
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum

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