Grants Database

The Wild Oyster Project
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Restoring Oysters and Improving Water Quality in the BayView
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco County
Project Description:

The Wild Oyster Project is an organization whose aim is to bring native oysters back to San Francisco Bay through restoration, community engagement, and thoughtful urban planning. Wild Oyster will use the funding to collect and store oyster shells from area restaurants. These shells will later be used as substrate for new oyster colonies that will be introduced near heavily degraded San Francisco waterways such as Islais Creek and Mission Creek. The new oyster colonies will aid in improving water quality over time by filtering algae and non-organic particles that subsequently creates a positive feedback loop within the ecosystem. The Wild Oyster Project will hire staff, including several youths from the economically disadvantaged Bayview-Hunter’s Point community, as lead shell collectors. The youth will learn tools and methods of stewardship they can apply to future projects. Interns will also participate in outreach events including the International Ocean Film Festival, the Brower Youth Awards, OysterFest, Sunday Streets, and National Oyster Day as well as the California Academy of Sciences and Careers in Science program. In addition to helping to revitalize native oyster populations and water quality, the project has the added benefit of diverting oyster shells from area landfills.