Oysters are the main species of shellfish raised by SPAT Program members.

Oysters are the main species of shellfish raised by SPAT Program members.

SPAT Program

Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training

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"Spat" is the word for the tiniest form of shellfish that has settled onto the place where it will live out its life. The SPAT program was created to encourage community members to become stewards of their environment and to restore shellfish to the bays.

To augment the limited staff of the Cornell Marine Program, volunteers help produce shellfish to seed the bays. SPAT volunteers and members grow miniscule shellfish in containment, away from predators, until they reach an adult size when they release their spawn into local creeks and bays and promote wild settlement.

Volunteers and members are offered monthly workshops and provided with shellfish seed and necessary tools and supplies to grow their shellfish gardens either at their own waterfront or in the SPAT community garden. In exchange for a minimal fee, all permits are secured and members may keep their oysters for their personal use. No oysters can be sold.

Our volunteers and members maintain their own hatchery (the"SPAT Shack"), and nursery. Over 1000 people have taken part in this program and it continues to grow each year.

Printable Donation Form

or

Online Donation Form
*(PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ENTER 'SPAT PROGRAM' IN THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS)*

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Contact

Kim Tetrault
Community Aquaculture Specialist
kwt4@cornell.edu
631-852-8660

Last updated December 12, 2017