The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) was created in 2012 to combat the deterioration of Shinnecock Bay. Our goal is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.
Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) along with its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science (IOCS) founded the program to return the bay to its former health.
Scientists and students are continually monitoring water quality and performing baseline studies to understand the dynamics of the bay environment. This research directly informs our restoration efforts, which includes replenishing eelgrass beds and shellfish populations. These actions promote natural filtration and enrich the habitat needed to support the diversity of plants and animals living in the bay. Our team hopes to return Shinnecock Bay to a thriving estuarine environment.
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December 16, 2014 – ShiRP featured as #16 on Stony Brook University's "31 Days of Giving Back" [More]
October 22, 2014 – New Data Shows Alarming Nitrogen Levels In Long Island's Waterways. Report from CBS New York [More]
August 15, 2014 – Why Sharks Need Our Help. Sharks have long been the sea's scariest creatures, but now they find their very existence threatened as scientists work to save these misunderstood monsters.
August 1, 2014 – "All for the Bays" Concert Benefits Shinncock Bay [More]
June 18, 2014 – Seeds of Hope for Shinnecock Bay: On Saturday, June 14, East End volunteers worked side-by-side with members of the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
June 3, 2014 – Peconic Baykeeper Awards $10K Grant for Dedicated Shellfish Spawner Sanctuary in Support of Shinnecock Bay Restoration Project [More]