Oyster Research History
Oysters were once a very abundant and cherished resource of the Harbor estuary, but by the early 20th century, sediment and water pollution and overharvesting had all but eliminated these once dominant creatures. While only a few small patches of oyster reefs and scattered individuals remain today, water and sediment quality has dramatically improved and the restoration of the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) to the Harbor may now be possible. The Hudson River Foundation is working with partners to conduct research and design and test restoration techniques suitable for the diverse environs of the Harbor Estuary.
Oyster Restoration Research Partnership (ORRP) – The ORRP was formed by the Hudson River Foundation to bring together academic, governmental, and private to further scientific understanding of oysters reintroduced into the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. Partners collaborate on research projects and share data on research experiments and pilot oyster restoration projects. The partners meet regularly as part of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program’s (HEP) Oyster Restoration Work Group.