Image by Mike Patricio

Peconic Bay Scallop

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Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

Image by Kimberly Manzo

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

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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.

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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.


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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Marvelous Marine Mammals for Pre-schoolers (Babylon)

(Ages 3-5 w/ 1 adult) What is a marine mammal? Do whales and seals live around Long Island? We’ll explore some fascinating marine mammals, and do a fun craft. Space is Limited!!! Pre-Registration for all programs is required.

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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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Calling All Girl Scouts!

Learn about local marine life and earn a badge!

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Youth Education Programs

CCE works out of several sites throughout Suffolk County to provide marine science based day camps including facilities in Northport, Southold, Babylon, and Hampton Bays.

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Water Quality Wednesdays

Water Quality Wednesdays (WQW) in Patchogue is part of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s initiative to provide community stewardship activities that support the health of our waterways and awareness of the threats to waters.

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Cornell Marine Program is implementing a new local seafood marketing project, Fresh, Indigenous, Sustainable, and Healthy (FISH). Take a brief survey...

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

Last updated March 20, 2019