Oyster Harvesting Program Underway

Friday was the fourth day of a weeklong process of moving 200,000 oysters out of the construction area, and relocating them in the Hudson River roughly three-quarters to one mile south, where they will thrive.

Courtesy of O’Rourke/New NY Bridge

Courtesy of O’Rourke/New NY Bridge

As with sturgeon monitoring and tagging, oyster harvesting is part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation Final Permit requirements, which contains $11.5 million for mitigation and restoration to protect the Hudson River and minimize the project’s environmental impacts.

About 13 acres of hard bottom/shell habitat will be relocated prior to August 1, when dredging begins for a three-month period.

Riverkeeper, Inc. and Scenic Hudson will also be involved with monitoring the construction as the project moves forward; check back for updates and additional information.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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