Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky Announces Partnership with Billion Oyster Project to Help Bring One Billion Oysters Back to New York City’s Shoreline
As the world celebrated National Oyster Day on August 5th, Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky announced their partnership with Billion Oyster Project — the New York City-based oyster reef restoration and public education nonprofit organization.
Through the partnership, which began in January 2020, Talisker supports the Billion Oyster Project’s signature Shell Collection Program, along with funding and sponsorship of community events. The Shell Collection Program was temporarily suspended in March following COVID-19 related restaurant closures, but will relaunch this August.
In a typical year, the shell collection program diverts more than 400,000 pounds of oyster shell collected from 75+ NYC restaurants from landfills to be reused to build oyster reef habitat. This year, the shell collection program plans to divert approximately 200,000 pounds of oyster shells.
Made by the sea on Scotland’s strikingly beautiful Isle of Skye, the Talisker distillery is battered by wind and waves on the rugged coastline where oysters are locally farmed & enjoyed. The waters from the nearby sea create the Single Malt’s signature maritime and briny notes — making Talisker and oyster pairings a local favorite.
As an homage to the Single Malt’s home by the sea and deep-rooted love for oysters, Talisker is proud to play an active role in helping Billion Oyster Project restore one billion oysters to New York City waters.
The Shell Collection Program is a cornerstone of Billion Oyster Project’s work. Oyster shells provide the base material for oyster reefs, which provide a home for young oysters and hundreds of species in New York Harbor.
As restaurants adapt to socially-distanced operations and invite diners back into their spaces, Talisker’s sponsorship of the Shell Collection program will allow the recycling process of this necessary resource to resume. Together, Talisker and Billion Oyster Project will continue to make an impact on New York City’s oyster restoration efforts.