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The shells are trucked over to Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood and once a month are brought en masse to Governors Island in the heart of the New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project has collected more than 1 million pounds of oyster shells so far. Courtesy of Agata Poniatowski hide caption

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Courtesy of Agata Poniatowski

Researchers are using underwater microphones to help better understand the extensive array of animals living in oyster reefs. James Morrison/WUNC hide caption

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