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SPAT members counting and sorting oyster seed

SPAT members counting and sorting oyster seed

Three month old oyster seed

Three month old oyster seed

Baby oysters

Baby oysters

Image by Janice Bovino


SPAT Membership

SPAT Hours at the Marine Center in Southold are strictly: Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings between 8:30am - noon. Our facility is closed on the weekends!

After many exciting years of SPAT (launched in 2001), we continue to open our doors to the community for new membership. We invite you to join us in our 18th year of creating a model for our community based shellfish restoration effort.

  • Learn to culture, plant and monitor seed oysters, clams and scallops in your own shellfish "garden".
  • Keep 100% of your garden harvest for personal use. Sorry, SELLING IS PROHIBITED.
  • Participate in monthly seminars to learn more about local marine environment and the role you can play in your community.
  • Volunteer for hands-on operations Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - noon.
  • Volunteer to assist in administrative tasks to support the SPAT program.

Master SPAT Shellfish Gardener - Cedar Beach Creek ($150)

Entitles you to one year of admission to monthly workshops, mailings on SPAT activities, training and use of aquaculture gear, training in the Community Hatchery/Nursery operations, access to your shellfish garden at Cedar Beach including 1000 oyster seed. *Please note that SPAT hours at the Marine Center are limited to Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:30am - Noon. The Marine Center is closed Saturday & Sunday to SPAT - there are no exceptions*.

Ambassador SPAT Shellfish Gardener - At your own and approved site* ($250 - Renewal fee $155)

Homeowners wishing to grow oysters at their own dock need to secure a permit through the DEC, which is available through SPAT and must be sent in to the DEC and approved by the DEC before receiving seed, (application found here). The waters must be certified "open"  to be allowed to grow, (see map here). All seed, equipment and training is included. *Must have dock or bulkhead to secure gear to*. DEC permit is valid for 1 year and must be renewed annually. Renewals need annual report found here.

*New applicants must include a Google Earth photo with your dock circled*

*Available only in certified waters, click here to check your address..

Sustaining SPAT Member ($100)

Entitles you to attend workshops and all SPAT activities and mailings. This type of membership allows you to participate in the program and be part of the effort to restore shellfish without the responsibility of tending 1000 oysters.

SPAT Corporate Sponsors ($500 and up)

Entitles sponsors to all benefits of Master and Ambassador Shellfish Gardeners, at either their own site or at Cedar Beach, plus promotional opportunities for their business. Ongoing sponsorships will boost the SPAT program immensely by providing the needed matching local support required by many public granting agencies and foundations.

Community Oyster Garden, Tiana Bay - Hampton Bays

For a fee of $200, interested participants in the Town of Southampton are given lessons along with 1,000 baby oysters and two floating cages for their oysters to grow and be protected in. Once fully grown, all the oysters can either be put back into the bay or half can be kept for consumption. Join directly through the Southampton Town Parks & Recreation Department, 6 Newtown Rd., Hampton Bays:

All Contributions to the SPAT program are always welcome and are fully tax deductible.

Join us in a learning experience, be part of our community effort and BRING BACK shellfish to our bays.

For additional information, contact: Kim Tetrault ( kwt4@cornell.edu)

Join SPAT! Membership information here

If you would like to make a donation to SPAT:Printable Donation Form or Online Donation Form. Make sure you click on 'Marine', then enter 'SPAT Program' in the special instructions.


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

Last updated July 16, 2018