On September 6, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $10.4 million effort to improve Long Island's water quality and bolster the economies and resiliency of coastal communities by restoring native shellfish populations to coastal waters. To restore shellfish, New York State is establishing five new sanctuary sites in Suffolk and Nassau counties to transplant seeded clams and oysters and expanding public shellfish hatcheries in the two counties through a dedicated grant program.
For more information, follow this link to the Governor’s announcement: http://on.ny.gov/2eGbPcF
To see more information on the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project and how to get involved, visit: https://lishellfishrestorationproject.org/
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s role is to spawn and grow approximately 179 million shellfish over a two year period. After grow-out in floating nurseries, the shellfish will be planted in designated sanctuary sites in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Consistent with our mission, we will involve the public in this effort through educational and volunteer opportunities.