Film documents plight to bring oysters back to NYC waters

December 17, 2018 - 3:42 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Officials are trying to bring oysters back to the waters off Governor’s Island, and have launched the Billion Oyster Project.

The goal of the community-led science initiative -- led by local students and environmentalists -- is to restore one billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035.

Over-fishing, pollution and the dredging of the harbor have led to an absence of oysters.

The quest to get oysters back in the harbor is the subject of "Take Back The Harbor," airing on Discovery on Tuesday at 8 p.m..

"Planting a billion oysters in New York Harbor does seem so big and so impossible,” says Murray Fisher, the creator of the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project. “But we wanted to build a movement.”

The film captures the students, teachers and Billion Oyster team as they build reefs, monitor growth and perform marine bio research over the course of a year. 

In the film, students go to Fishers Island, grow oysters, conduct diving expeditions and learn to operate boats.