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Cornell in your Community: Improving coastal waters & marine life

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Cornell Club of Fairfield County and the Northeast Corridor Office of Alumni Affairs and Development invite you to a live webinar.

As a Long Island resident, you know that Long Island's coastal waters are a treasure. Did you also know for the past 35 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County has been improving the quality of Long Island and Connecticut’s shared waters? From habitat restoration, to increasing native shellfish populations, Cornell is working in your community to protect and enhance coastal ecosystems.

Join us to learn about Cornell’s local impact from Chris Pickerell, MS '93, Marine Program Director for CCE. He will discuss Cornell’s efforts to improve water quality and enhance habitats. Hear about the $10.4M Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project and how seagrass restoration supports local fish and shellfish populations.

Chris, an oyster history enthusiast, will discuss the early local oyster industry and show some 18th century oyster jars used by African Americans to sell their oysters to distant ports. He'll demonstrate oyster knives used in the past and how we open and eat oysters today! A list of local seafood purveyor’s will be provided at registration should you like to join Chris in eating oysters.

The program concludes with social networking time with Long Island alumni.

Program Schedule:

7:00–8:00 p.m. - Program, oyster tasting, and audience Q&A

8:00–8:30 p.m. - Social breakout sessions with Long Island Cornellians


Featured Speaker:
Chris Pickerell MS '93
Marine Program Director
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County


Watch this short 3 minute video Ripple Effect to learn more on how Cornell Cooperative Extension - Suffolk County helps restore Long Island’s native shellfish population



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Last updated September 12, 2020