"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 minuscule shellfish (oyster, Crassostrea virginica) - 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 maintain their own hatchery (the"SPAT Shack"), and nursery. Over 1,000 people have taken part in this program and it continues to grow each year.
CCE has partnered with the Town of Southampton to develop an outreach and education center at the Tiana Bayside Facility.
The overall goal of CCE's Aquaculture Program is to help ensure that shellfish populations remain healthy and sustainable so that commercial harvesting can continue and remain profitable and recreational harvesting also continue...
CCE's Marine Program bridges the gap between science and our community. From engaging people to be involved in marine restoration, to helping fishermen stay profitable while using sustainable techniques. Learn more...
Last updated January 28, 2020