Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program &
The Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project
As part of the Governors announcement of $10.4 million to improve Long Island's water quality and bolster the economies and resiliency of coastal communities by restoring native shellfish populations to coastal waters, New York State is investing $5.25 million in Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to expand our existing public shellfish hatcheries, and to plant shellfish at sanctuary sites. Marinas located in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties will also partner with CCE to host floating nurseries.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Mission Statement:
Our waters are an integral part of life for us, making Long Island a desirable place to live. The Marine Program, which became part of CCE in 1985, is known and respected nationally and internationally. Its mission is to protect our waters, providing a clean environment for our fish, fowl, and plants.
At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, our researchers and educators are busy working to inform Long Islanders how we can each do our part to safeguard our environment. Projects have been designed to bring back our once thriving eelgrass and shellfish populations, ensure our commercial fishing industry continues to thrive while limiting bycatch, provide public education about environmental consequences of storm water runoff, and introduce our young people to marine sciences and marine life on Long Island.