Peconic Bay Scallop
Image by Mike Patricio

Peconic Bay Scallop

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

Oysters are one of the species of shellfish raised by CCE's Aquaculture Program.
Image by Kimberly Manzo

Oysters are one of the species of shellfish raised by CCE's Aquaculture Program.

Eelgrass Restoration
Image by Kimberly Manzo

Eelgrass Restoration

A lady crab protects her clutch in a Peconic Estuary eelgrass meadow.
Image by Kimberly Manzo

A lady crab protects her clutch in a Peconic Estuary eelgrass meadow.

Youth Education - Seining at Cedar Beach, Southold

Youth Education - Seining at Cedar Beach, Southold

Stormwater/Water Quality

Stormwater/Water Quality

Fisheries

Fisheries

A winter flounder swims through a Long Island Sound eelgrass meadow.

A winter flounder swims through a Long Island Sound eelgrass meadow.

Atlantic silversides are important prey items for larger predatory fish and shorebirds.
Image by Christopher Pickerell

Atlantic silversides are important prey items for larger predatory fish and shorebirds.

Marine

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.

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 shell fish 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.

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LI Shellfish Project

New York State is investing $5.25 million in Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program to expand our existing public shellfish hatcheries, and to plant shellfish at the sanctuary sites in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Brush Strokes for the Bays

Join us this spring for a paint night series at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays! Dates in March, April and May.

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Bay Buddies: "Bivalves in our Bay" (Ages 3 - 5)

Learn about the different shellfish that call Long Island waters home. We will read a story that focuses on shellfish, then we will get up close with these bivalves during our touch tank exploration.

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Earth Day 2018…Make a Splash!

This Earth Day why not join us for a very special first-time event! Let’s celebrate Mother Earth and learn about how we can help keep our seas free from debris! Learn about marine debris and how it can have a serious impact on both marine wildlife an

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Back to the Bays Initiative

Learn about opportunities for you to "Give Back to the Bays" by learning, getting involved and enjoying our marine environment!

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Unified Water Study

An educational experience helping to collect data on various water quality parameters at sunrise from May through October (there will be 4 events per month). Participants can attend as many or as few events as they choose, however, due to limited sp

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Contact

Darci Bielenda
Marine Program Sr. Administrative Assistant SCMELC
db695@cornell.edu
631-852-8660 x 21

Last updated March 16, 2018