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What is the Billion Oyster Project?

BOP is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs. Fifty-four schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place-based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration. BOP is an initiative of the New York Harbor Foundation.

Oysters are native to New York City and offer numerous benefits to the ecosystem such as providing food and shelter to other native species, reducing wave energy during extreme weather events, and serving as a natural water filtration system — amazingly, a single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oysters are also delicious to eat, however those that are actively filtering dirty water are not suitable for consumption.

How Duro is making a difference

Duro is working with BOP in two ways, using its Harbor AUV to collect bathymetric and water quality data to support its restoration efforts and introducing Harbor School students to the exciting world of underwater drone technology.

Through this collaboration, students will get to see a real autonomous underwater vehicle in action, follow the process of collecting, managing and analyzing data, and reporting on its findings. Through this process students learn by doing, touching on topics as diverse as engineering, urban sustainability, science journalism and career readiness.

Where is Duro working with BOP?

The Billion Oyster Project has multiple nursery sites around the City of New York which the Harbor AUV will service. Sites include Governors Island in the New York Harbor, the Bronx River in the South Bronx and the Army Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.