Each oyster can filter 40 gallons of water per day. An oyster reef can shelter up to 100 other species so they dramatically add to biodiversity. Oysters also sequester nitrogen in wastewater and each person creates 12 pounds per year. Oyster shells contain calcium carbonate a known buffer that can help offset ocean acidification. 

MOP has shown that oysters can survive and grow in Boston Harbor. Where and when we can, we. We also support other programs, such as Wellfleet's oyster propagation zones.

The Osterville Planting Project

Please note that the Osterville program is spreading the oysters for later harvest. The MOP oyster placements are not for harvesting. We are seeking to build self-sustaining populations to improve water quality.

Learn More About Oysters

Choose a link below to learn more about oysters:

  • Paper on the Cultivation of Oysters - This provides an excellent overview of the Eastern Oyster Crassostrea Virginica. It discusses the lifecycle, habitat and aquaculture.
  • UNH Oyster Restoration Program - Ray Grizzle and his team have done some excellent work in New Hampshire’s Great Bay. He also has been a valuable resource for MOP.
  • Island Creek Oysters - The team here has been very helpful with information, guidance and supplying our seed oysters..
  • The Chesapeake Bay Foundation CBF Oyster Restoration is doing some terrific work. But it is tough to restore oysters with such an active commercial harvesting program.