New York City's Billion Oyster Project

Can NYC be a leader in oyster restoration? They're trying!

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Katie Mosher, Director of Restoration for the Billion Oyster Project, an incredible NGO dedicated to, well, restoring oyster reefs in the tidal waters around America's greatest coastal city.  BOP is a cutting edge organization and they work with NYC's Harbor School, a free public high school that offers students deep immersion in coastal and marine science, engineering, and practical skills.  Jump in and learn how one incredibly creative coastal NGO is really setting a high bar for effective coastal restoration and advocacy.  Great stuff and only on ASPN!

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.