The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) is officially kicking off Operation RESTORE (Restoring estuaries through oyster rearing) on July 9th at 6 pm. With your help, we can ensure many thousands of oysters will become part of the solution to the bay’s water quality problems.
Oysters are amazing filter feeders that keep harmful algae in check, and as part of larger reefs, provide important habitat for other bay organisms. The goal of Operation RESTORE is to engage community members in growing oysters for the purposes of restoration. With your help, our potential to restore the bay is limitless.
Here’s how the program will work:
This program will take place at the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station on Little Neck Road. We will be setting up a dock specifically for the citizen-maintained cages.
As part of this program, we plan to provide other opportunities to you—for instance, going into the marine laboratory to show you how shellfish are spawned, providing short educational lectures, etc. We are open to ideas from you as well.
There is currently no cost to participate in the program—however, we are asking for a suggested donation of $50 to cover costs of the materials. To make this contribution, please visit www.shinnecockbay.org and click on “Make a Gift.”
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