Jamaica Bay (Not World)
To Be CUNY's Oyster
Oysters harvested from Jamaica Bay on the
dinner plates of New Yorkers will become a reality if all
goes as planned by a recently established consortium of Kingsborough
Community College, Brooklyn College and the U.S. National
Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area.
Oysters played an important role in the local economy from
time when the Bay was harvested by Canarsee Native Americans
up until the 1920s. By then the combination of water pollution
and over-farming brought oystermen permanently into port.
The goal of the project is to restore oyster beds to pre-20th-century
levels. Researchers from KCC's Department of Biological Sciences
and Brooklyn Collegeôs Aquatic Research and Environmental
Assessment Center (AREAC) will be placing dozens of cages
with oyster seedlings throughout Jamaica Bay.
Afterward, they will monitor seedling growth, water and air
temperatures, oxygen levels, and the effects of existing pollution
on the oysters. On November 16 the project (one of several
designed to reintroduce vanished sea life back to Jamaica
Bay) was launched, appropriately enough, at a Fort Tilden
pier at the Breezy Point section of National Gateway Park.