Aquafarms

For the health of local waterways and community education.

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Kelp farming with Sue Wicks from Violet Cove Oyster.

“The key to solving the challenges of climate change is changing human behavior, and humans aren’t going to change their behavior without a direct connection to the natural world.”
— Peter Malinowski, Executive Director & Co-founder/Billion Oyster Project

Kelp, oysters, and eelgrass provide habitat for numerous species, and can protect our low-lying, vulnerable communities from storm damage — mitigating the damage of large waves, reducing flooding, and preventing erosion along the shorelines. Inspired by the success of the “Billion Oyster Project” in New York City, our Conservancy is in the process of creating a small aquafarm off the Mastic Beach waterfront.

 

Oysters from Violet Cove Oyster company. Photo by Conor Harrigan.

We are fortunate to be partnering with Lazy Point Farms, Violet Cove Oyster Co, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Gino Maccio foundation’s “Recovery to Work” program on planning for a non-edible oyster seeding project. We’re also working on an educational curriculum, while we continue to offer immersive classes to the community at large in collaboration with the Seatuck Environmental Association.

If you are interested in supporting or collaborating with us on this vision, please contact us.

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