virtual shellabration 2020

Virtual Shellabration 2020 tickets on sale now! Runs from December 5th - 31st

CCE Marine Digital Education header new

See our new Digital Education page!

Image by Mike Patricio

Peconic Bay Scallop

horseshoe crab

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

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

Lady crab in a Peconic Estuary eelgrass meadow.
Image by Kimberly Manzo

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

cedar beach seining

Youth Education - Seining at Cedar Beach, Southold

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Stormwater/Water Quality

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Winter flounder in a Long Island Sound eelgrass meadow.

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

Atlantic silversides.
Image by Christopher Pickerell

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



Tickets Available NOW!

Virtual Shellabration • December 5 - 31

Shellabration is an annual culinary celebration that showcases local shellfish and benefits Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program. It is traditionally held the first weekend of December in Greenport Village and is attended by 1,500 "Shellabrants". This year we're going virtual and pivoting to use this event as not just a fundraiser for our SPAT Program and Back to the Bays Initiative, but as a platform to help promote the oyster growing community and educate the public about the importance of both our shellfish restoration efforts and the local oyster industry.

A Special Message from CCE Marine

In these uncertain times we want you to know that CCE Marine Program is here for you and we’re excited to announce the launch for our new  Digital Education Initiative! Each week we will be focusing in on one specific species or topic and will present a variety of media pieces and corresponding worksheets, lesson guides, and art tutorials that can be utilized by anyone looking to integrate some marine science enrichment into their current home learning routine.

Click here to be taken to our new Digital Education Initiative!

Digital Education Initiative Media Release



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.


Darci Bielenda
Marine Program Sr. Administrative Assistant SCMELC
631-852-8660 x 21

Last updated November 24, 2020