In response to deteriorating conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.
Scientists and students are aiming to reduce the occurrence of harmful algal blooms and increase shellfish populations, ultimately to restore the nutrient balance and enrich the diversity of plants and animals living in the bay. By performing a baseline survey of the current state of the bay, and then working to replenish shellfish and eelgrass beds, the ShiRP team hopes to return Shinnecock Bay to a thriving estuarine environment.
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October 15, 2013 – Brown tide returns, threatening shellfish Brown tide algae has returned to Long Island's South Shore at a time of year that helps set next spring's hard-clam reproductive season, according to a report from the Marine Science Research Center at Stony Brook University. [More]
October 5, 2013 – A presentation about the harmful algal blooms that affect Shinnecock Bay by ShiRP Program Investigator, Konstantine Rountos, was selected as the best student presentation in a Fish Habitat Section-sponsored symposium at the recent American Fisheries Society meeting. Konstantine’s award-winning presentation, “The Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms on Early Life Stages of Estuarine Forage Fish,” explained the research that he and a team of SoMAS scientists have conducted on these algal blooms in the Bay, which are caused by the dinoflagellate, Cochlodinium polykrikoides. [More]
October 3, 2013 – "Clams for Clams" Raises $55,000 for Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program [More]