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Public Invited to Lend a Hand to Shinnecock Bay

Bring scissors to help prepare eelgrass for transplantation into Shinnecock Bay.Posted by Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor)Southmpton Patch

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.

Between 10 a.m and 2 p.m., volunteers will prepare eelgrass to be transplanted into the bay, where vital habitats has been declining. Eelgrass habitats enable clams to grow and also provide grounds for other species to feed. Part of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program's goals is to restore the clam population, because clams filter the water, which can go a long way toward preventing devastating brown tides and red tides.

There will be public education exhibitions on display about the bay and SoMAS' research and restoration activities, according to a statement from the restoration program. This will include touch tanks, oyster filtration experiments, and opportunities to speak with scientists, students and staff.

For more information, visitshinnecockbay.org/help/volunteer.html. Volunteers must pre-register by emailing program coordinator Christine Santora at shinnecockbay@gmail.com with subject line “eelgrass.” No registration is required for the education activities during the event.

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