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 reef remain today, water and sediment quality has dramatically improved, making the restoration of the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) possible. For the past decade, the Hudson River Foundation has been working with partners to study, design, and test oyster 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, government, and private entities to deepen 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.