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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May 1, 2013 – The Independent gives front-page coverage of the ShiRP eelgrass restoration event: The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program is gaining momentum. Nearly 30 volunteers gathered at Stony Brook University’s Southampton Marine Station on Saturday morning to help with an eelgrass replanting event to stimulate and replenish eelgrass beds in Shinnecock Bay. [ More ]
April 20, 2013 - The Southampton Patch promotes the ShiRP eelgrass plating event: The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program is asking for volunteers to come to the Stony Brook Southampton School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences marine station on Saturday to get their hands dirty in a project aimed at helping the beleaguered bay. [ More ]
April 16, 2013 - Professor Gobler Testifies in Support of Water Resources Development Act
Dr. Gobler’s testimony, presented April 16 in Washington, D.C., addressed ecosystem and aquatic ecosystem restoration, shoreline protection, and water quality improvement. [ More ]