VIDEO: See Why Shinnecock Bay Must Be Restored

In our Spring Issue, Meghan Harlow wrote about the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, an important push to revive the wildlife in the bays so essential to filtering the water. We heard from the program coordinator, Christine Santora, recently and she has some news about the upcoming year.

“Spring marks the beginning of a very busy season for us! We are excited to begin fieldwork again, and to further our progress in restoring Shinnecock Bay. As you may know, we are using three main components in our work: Research, Restoration, and Community Outreach. Research: We are working to understand the dynamics of the bay — from water quality to habitat to fish populations —through continuous research and monitoring. Restoration: We are actively restoring shellfish and eelgrass back into the bay. We use data from our research and monitoring activities to inform where, when, and how restoration occurs. Community Outreach: We are involving members of the community in our restoration efforts through events and citizen science, and we provide education to the community about problems affecting the bay, and how restoration provides an “in the water” solution.”

Upcoming Events

On April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Chris Gobler will be giving a lecture entitled “State of the Bays, 2014” at Duke Lecture Hall in Chancellor’s Hall of the Stony Brook Southampton Campus.

On June 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Christine Santora, Program Coordinator, will be giving a lecture describing ShiRP activities and progress at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

*Save the Date* June 14, 2014 for an eelgrass restoration event at Stony Brook Southampton, a chance for individuals of all ages to become “citizen scientists” for a day and help to restore important habitat to the bay.

Update on our progress: 
We have established more than a dozen hard clam sanctuaries to restore hard clam populations to the bay and improve water quality.
We have made advances in understanding how we can use oysters and macroalgae (seaweed) for bay restoration
We have planted 2,730 eelgrass shoots and dispersed six million seeds to improve eelgrass habitat
We are continuing to study the persistence and effects of harmful algal blooms (HABs; or red and brown tides)
It is our hope that you will continue to stay interested in the health of Shinnecock Bay and our activities. Please visit our website and “like” us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your support!

Christine Santora, program coordinator, and the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program team